So as some of you know, I was commissioned by Scott Smajor a few months ago to create this insanely fun painting of the Rivendell Festival!!!
He was absolutely fantastic to work with and we worked together to create this Vanity Fair-photoshoot style Royal Portrait featuring my designs for all 12 rulers. It was painted back in November and it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had working on a job 😁😄💖
My main goal doing this piece was to make sure everyone looks hot as hell confident and fierce! I researched a number of photographers for fashion publications and went through their portfolios to figure out the general poses I thought different characters should have. Adapting everyone’s MC skins in my style was such a fantastic challenge and I loved every second of it!
And now under the cut we have my favourite part: the details!! I spent hours on each person adding jewelry and embroidery and different materials to complete each look. I cannot overstate how much fun this was! Plus the banners are all based off my own banner designs I did a while ago, and peep the faces—they’re all the same designs as my portrait series in a new context :D Feel free to zoom in, I put a lot of work into these 😁⬇️✨
First off—3/4 of the Wither Rose Alliance! As the most martial Rulers I put Pearl and Sausage on either end with their swords framing the whole set. Note Sausage’s massive hands I alluded to earlier…
And the twins!! Gem’s got her grimoire and her curly hat. Fun fact: fWhip’s face is actually Gem’s face with a beard painted on :P
Then we’ve got everyone’s favourite couple! This was painted way back before Joel was official declared a Short King so he gets to be tall one last time 💜 I had a lot of fun detailing the sash and designing his double breasted coat. Not to mention Lizzie looking like a queen with her scales and her wedding ring!
Up next, Scott and the Codfather! I had SO MUCH FUN designing Scott’s feast outfit. I love love love painting gold and I just went all out. Those epaulettes, man!! Jimmy’s outfit is less ornate but still formal for the occasion and… wait, what’s that in his hand?
Oh, would you look at that. 🥰
Up next, Pixlriffs with his channeling trident and a tiiiiiiny Shrub! Initially I was gonna put her up on the table but then I decided that the height difference would be funniest this way. At 4’3 she’s a whole half a foot shorter than me!! (I am very short.)
Plus, my Copper King design has eyeliner and earrings now. You’re welcome 😌😘
And at the other end of the table, Pearl, Joey and Katherine!! 🌸 Much wider crop because I feel like Pearl’s outfit needs to be appreciated in full.
Katherine’s dress is layers of semi-translucent fabric for that maximum swish, embroidered with flowers and sparkles. Joey’s lounging in what I think is my favourite pose of anyone. And Pearl’s flower crown has been replaced with a laurel wreath to celebrate her part in the victory over Xornoth!! The embroidery and the flow of her skirt were so much fun to adapt from her skin 🌻✨
Thank you so much to Scott for reaching out and giving me this amazing opportunity! Empires has been such an inspiration to me (as I’m sure you can tell from the contents of this Tumblr 😜) and getting to paint this for the Empires crew was such a delight. Seeing my baby all framed up in their studios is just so surreal :’’)
I’m so glad I get to share this with you all on Tumblr—let me know what you think!!!
Ocean Queen Lizzie, 10ft tall goddess fish with a habit of causing chaos
Finally updated my Lizzie design so that I could complete the Seablings set! I made her original design right before she got all scaly so I felt like it needed a redo. Plus now she looks more sea monstery!
This piece is actually part of a DTIYS I’m hosting over on Instagram to celebrate 4K followers, so if you wanna join in then go right ahead! (For more info go to @the_adventures_of_lonk on Instagram) 🐬
Beware the Cake Enforcer 🍰💪
This was too funny 🤣
How Dishwasher Safe Are Empires Rulers (a ranked study)
Fwhip: The dishwasher exploded. Do not let him anywhere near your dishwasher or any other kitchen appliances you value.
Pixlriffs: Clogged up the dishwasher with sand and broke it. He was very apologetic afterwards and paid for a new dishwasher that was twice as expensive. Put him in your dishwasher if you want to scam him out of his money.
Scott: Used to be dishwasher safe but now he keeps accidentally freezing the water, destroying the dishwasher in the process.
Pearl: She took every attempt to put her in the dishwasher as a challenge. Three people are in the hospital (she is completely fine). She never even touched the dishwasher. Dishwasher safety rating inconclusive.
Shrub: She cannot swim. She will drown. I tested this briefly but I respect her too much to put her through this. Also she threatened me into letting her out. Those wolves scare me.
Jimmy: Do not put him in the dishwasher, he is fragile. Got dizzy and slightly chipped. Very much not dishwasher safe. I know you all are monsters but stop hurting him! This is cruel and unusual punishment. Please stop putting him in the dishwasher! My esteemed colleague @is-the-mcyt-video-cute can back me up on this one. It is not "cute" to hurt mcyts. I do not care that his screaming "sounds funny". It is not! It is not funny! ...Okay maybe it is funny.
Joel: Went through the dishwasher fine, was covered in a lot of dirt that came off in the dishwasher. Apparently this was a problem for him, as he tried to bite me. Dishwasher safe?
Gem: Went through the dishwasher fine, also got mad at me afterwards. Said "she could wash herself, thank you very much." She cannot. Gem never bathes because she is too busy studying magic. I put her in the dishwasher twice a week out of the goodness of my heart.
Sausage: Likes being dishwashered. Unfortunately he still is slightly grimy afterwards, no matter how many times I put him in. I don't even know how that's possible.
Joey: Loves being dishwashered but will only accept the finest dish soap, which is too expensive for me. Does he think I'm made of money? I already spent most of the budget having to pay for new dishwashers after the old ones got destroyed, dishwashers large enough to fit a human are incredibly expensive. He can't actually tell the difference between soaps though, so I've just started lying about what soap I use.
Katherine: Had a great time. Likes how well it gets the dirt from gardening off. My dishwasher smells like flowers now :)
Lizzie: Loved the dishwasher so so much! Said it was fun and moisturized her really well. Unfortunately she cannot fit in my dishwasher anymore. If dishwashers large enough to fit a human are expensive, dishwashers large enough to fit a ten foot tall goddess are seemingly non existent. She got really upset, stormed off cursing something called the "Ocean orb" (?), and returned two days later with her own homemade dishwasher. It runs on fish souls and uses ketchup instead of soap. Somehow it works fine??? Lizzie says she loves it even more then the old one but everyone else I asked has refused to be put inside. I think forcing them into it would count as illegal human experimentation and I don't want to go to jail, so that dishwasher itself is questionably safe for people who aren't thousand year old fish goddesses. Sometimes it hums, and once I swear I heard it singing the mask sus remix. I think it may be alive. I'm terrified.
Jimmy: Teach me how to fight!
Lizzie: *Makes fists* You don’t fight with these.
Lizzie: *Points to her head* You fight with this.
Gem: Why has your brother been head-butting people?
Lizzie, nodding sagely: Ah, just as I taught him.
this became more complicated than intended
Empires characters that exude “Old God” energy
Pearlescentmoon: literally fought the demon that was terrorizing the world and showed no sign of fear at any point during the battle. Probably left the fight feeling more secure than the demon did. I don’t know what she is, but mortal isn’t it.
Joel Smallishbeans: he is Unhinged. Skrunkly goblin man that never had to deal with the demon through pure power of denial. Also his builds. He is not human.
Pixlriffs: I don’t know about you, but the whole “prophet of death” thing he’s got going on looks mighty sus to me. Also the fact that despite ruling an entire kingdom, he looks like a random man you’d see having a mental breakdown behind the seven eleven. His vibes scream “old god who’s pantheon is long gone and now lives with the mortals”
Ldshadowlady and Jimmy Solidarity: despite actually being ancient gods, their vibes are more “new gods that are still getting the hang of this” to me. However, they are still both a bit too unhinged to fit in the “mortal” category.
Shubble: I honestly still don’t fully comprehend what she’s got going with all the spirits and gods, but good for him. Again, strikes me more as a new god who’s still figuring it out.
Katherine Elizabeth Gaming: she’s got a lot of mystical stuff going on with the Overgrown. Also talks about her collection of severed heads and the pit of death with an alarming amount of nonchalance. She scares me.
Smallishbeans: Wife Speedrun 100% Completion
GRIAN ON SKII TRIP
having a tiny feral husband means picking him up by his collar to maintain eye contact while he talks about how much he loves you
Empires SMP Royal Ball
Set 1 Complete!
HOLY CRAP THIS WAS A LOT BUT THEY’RE DONE
Alright, another recap! We got:
...I mean... a bucket of an axolotl... Isn't it a machete in Minecraft
i got a new tablet but also artblock so heres a lizzie
CODVENGERS MOTIVES FOR SLAYING THE DRAGON
Jimmy: I need the Codfather head back -- my pride is at stake.
Pix: I'm through dying in the Void. I will add no more candles to my side of the Vigil.
Lizzie: My ally needs his mantle, and I will support him no matter the cost.
Joel: haha flying ball of xp go brrrrr
Sort of crack idea:
Last Life!Lizzie being transported to the Overgrown in Empires SMP to recover, heal and thrive under Lady Katherine of House Blossom
jimmy doesn’t understand gender is 100% sure it’s not a boy, uses it/they/he
they have mirrored pronouns ! seabling things <3