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I have now watched the anime Attack on Titan.

I have now changed the name of one of the characters in a book I am planning and have written an outline for.

It is an odd feeling to notice, when watching something I have never watched before, that there are that many similarities to something I'm making. The stories, worlds, and characters are very different, but the things it did have in common were enough to get me to, at the very least, change the name of my character.

(Major spoilers for Attack on Titan follow.)

In both things, one of the main characters is a white-skinned, brown-haired character named Eren. Eren lives in a fantasy world where most of the planet is unsafe for humans so is believed to be uninhabited. There are giants in that world. Something important about Eren's nature is due to something a parent/their parents did to them. Eren gets the powers of a type of vicious, non-human monster that does not need to eat but hunts humans anyway. While using these powers, Eren's eyes glow green. How much control Eren has over themself, whether they will just become another one of those monsters and lose their humanity, is a major plot point. One of the other main characters is a girl who grew up in the same household as Eren and is worried for them and tries to help.

(End of Attack on Titan spoilers.)

So, yeah, I changed her name.

I had originally named the character Eryn, a kind of fantasy-ish different spelling of Erin. Then, thinking that was lame, I changed her name to Eren, so it would be pronounced differently hence had a reason to be spelled differently other than just looking less usual. For now, I have changed her name to Jen, but seeing as I haven't even yet started writing the first draft of the current version of that book (I am currently focussing on making a computer game set in the same world, and I am likely going to write at least one other book first to become a better writer) nothing is final.

Jen and Mertag by RichardAHallett
  • Listening to: Every Open Eye by Chvrches
  • Reading: The Traitor by Seth Dickinson
  • Watching: Attack on Titan
  • Playing: Elite: Dangerous
Clock system in my fantasy world by RichardAHallett
Clock system in my fantasy world
I didn't want the time-measuring system of the fantasy world to be a copy of ours, with 24 hours per day, 60 minutes per hour, and so on. It is very arbitrary and precise. However, I do want towns to have clock towers, and people to have an established way to communicate about time.

Halving, powers of two, and so on have always felt like a very natural way to divide up quantities of things to me. Dividing up the clock face, each half being divided into eighths seemed like a good place to stop. I want it to be something just about anyone (who has been measuring time that way their entire life) could glace upward (or at a shadow) and figure out correctly.

Putting noon at the top and midnight at the bottom means a vertical clock face becomes a representation of the height of the sun, which makes the whole system more intuitive.

I used "Morn" and "Eve" for the morning and afternoon/evening signifiers because they are both one syllable and they aren't the names of noon and midnight. "Half Noon", for example, might be less intuitive about whether that meant half a day past noon, or half a day until noon, or half of some other unit of time past/until noon. "Half morn", however, pretty easily expands to "Half way through the morning."

The font is DS Etienne.

In response to Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.

As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your h

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt? About 10 years, according to my profile page. Since I was in secondary school.

  2. What does your username mean? It is my name. I include the A because I hope to someday become a published author, and there are already published books by someone named Richard Hallett. I don't include my full middle name, Arthur, because Richard Arthur Hallett is a bit too long a name to brand myself as, I think.

  3. Describe yourself in three words. Imaginative. Ambitious. Depressed.

  4. Are you left or right handed? I am right-handed. More so even than I was when I was younger, because I have minor nerve damage in my left hand from an accident with a glass in which I saw my tendons and had to have one stitch to hold my wrist together so it could heal.

  5. What was your first deviation? The oldest one still in my gallery is a poem named Affliction:

      I am not completely certain whether that was the first thing I submitted though.

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create? I get different enjoyment from making different forms of art. I love writing and drawing. Currently the thing I find the most fulfilling is solo computer game development, doing all the code and sprites and sound effects myself. I am currently making a top-down fantasy combat game called Nightmare Arena.

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Realistic digital painting.

  8. What was your first favourite? Apparently it was Frozen Wasteland: Frozen Wasteland by nakiro

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Digital paintings of visually interesting characters.

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? Difficult to choose, but maybe Kate-FoX. Got to admire someone who is so good at such a variety of styles. Random portrait by Kate-FoXFairy by Kate-FoXDive by Kate-FoXLights by Kate-FoX

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? I don't know. I lack confidence and feel very nervous when meeting people I don't already know, so to be honest maybe no-one.

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? In general receiving positive or useful feedback from people here on DA has helped a bit with my self confidence. Every favourite or positive comment on my artwork has helped me feel that I can create things people can enjoy, which is one of the pillars my shaky self esteem rests on.

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art?  For digital art and photo post-processing, I use and love Photoshop CS4. For text stuff, Notepad++. For traditional art, I like pencils, coloured pencils, and oil pastels. For computer game development, I am currently still on my first project and am using GameMaker: Studio.

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? I dunno about inspirational, but the place I get the most done is the living room in my flat, where my computer is. It is my safe refuge, where I am in control and where there are few distractions.

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? When my good friend SplodgeOfDoom got a daily deviation.

Name Ambigrams by RichardAHallett
Name Ambigrams
Ambigrams of various names, of people in my family. Ambigrams are words or phrases which can be read from multiple orientations or directions. These have 180° rotational symmetry.

Drawn in Photoshop CS4.

Related (hah):
Ambigram of a Name - Richard A Hallett by RichardAHallett
Forest fog by RichardAHallett
Forest fog
Experimenting with character design options for Mertag, the protagonist of the story I'm writing.

Stock used:
Shamelessly drawn atop for pose and anatomy reference:
 Paganistka by paganistka by paganistka

Additional face references:
1967 - I. by NikxStock by NikxStock, Dusk6 by faestock by faestock 



Richard A. Hallett
Artist | Varied
United Kingdom
Hi, I'm Richard. I'm building a mixed-media fantasy world, explored through novels and video games. I'm currently working on the first of both, mostly focussing on the game.


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ZakraArt Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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