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Harlan: Equally Informal Ref. by JeyBarnes Harlan: Equally Informal Ref. by JeyBarnes
Ignore the abundant wonkitude prz. I'm sorta trying to train myself off of eraser-reliance again. ADVENTURE.

In my brainspace Harlan is sort of the metaphorical good twin of Dingo. Where Dingo is insecure and confused and trapped in a decidedly morbid world, Harlan is pretty secure in his identity, exceedingly laid-back and generally a very open person. I've developed a good bit of his background and even some of his future but he doesn't belong to any story or anything, just kinda exists in my brain. A good one to have around.

Ye Olde History of Harlan
He was actually created as a sort of a friendly joke boyfriend for my chum Meghann in 2003(ish?) because she was single at the time and not enjoying it. Nowadays Meghann is MARRIED (they grow up so fast!).
Harlan's last name was stolen directly from My other Megan friend, to whom I distinctly remember vowing that I would utilize it for a character when I found the right one.
The first time I drew Harlan he had pointy ears and was dressed like someone out of FRUiTS. Obviously things have been toned way down since then, though he still tends to stand out in a crowd.

Needlessly huge Ganesha because a) I like Ganesha and b) I was running out of space-fillers.

All right 2 DÜ 2DAY:
- Organize some submissions for ~SunshineKitE's art magazine project
- Work on thanks-art for ~kyan
-Sketch out entries for the World Ends with You contest 'cause Tetsuya Nomura fansqueeeeeal hurhur dork dork dork

DO IT TO IT.
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AThiefandAStalker Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Have I mentioned I love this character? I love this character. I've loved him even since I started watching you back when I was an idiot teenager going by :iconmorellaspazz:. I was fifteen or sumfin when I started watching you, now I'm nearly twenty-one, AND YOU STILL INSPIRE ME.
Anyway, Harlan = awesome.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gosh, hi again! I can't believe you remember Harlan. Aww man your comment is so sweet, thank you. Thank you a lot! I'll try to draw more Harlans. *<*
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Giiu Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Good! M ncanta xD
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Saimiri Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
remember how I said about that old collection of harlan faces a long time ago that he reminds me of my Iñaki? He still does. I think it's amazing, because there's probably no character of mine I have such a clear picture of in my mind. And god, I love Harlan. I should draw them together. It would make no sense but I sorta feel like fanarting ALL of your characters anyways X,D

I wish I knew some guy like this in real life, it would be awesome.

and faving this, because refs are love.
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MissMew Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I love the snappy dresser outfit.
His hair is great, whether blue or orangey.

I seriously should do some character refs. for my characters, but they never turn out right.
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macaria-acacia Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
I'm pretty sure that my OC, Harper would have the biggest damn crush on your Harlan is they ever met in the "I'm-from-the-world-of-some-random-artist's-creativity" realm. :ohnoes:

But he's cute. Very handsome. I love the goatee.
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cza24-9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
:heart:

marry me harlan!! :P
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Vincent-Van-Chow Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Ive always had a soft spt for Harlan, i love how he dyes his hair yet his brows and sometimes goatee stand out XD I can remember your first pic of him, hes changed well :) And i adore these character sheets, would you mind if i did something a little like this for some of my characters?
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course I wouldn't mind! Go crazy! Go nuts! Thanks mang, I'm glad you like Harlan. *pound*
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ladydragona Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Oh man Oh man Oh man this has gotta be the swellest ref/character sheet ever. I'm so pansexual for character refs, man. HARLAN IS SO SWELL.

I kind of want to rip you off (with credit) and do one for Ly? ALSO SRSLY WHY HAVE I NOT DRAWN HARLAN EVER OH MAN I LOVE HIS DESIGN LOTS. I hope you do more of these- they're awesome.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAY THANKS MAN. I don't think there's anything so original about this that credit would be necessary! DO ONE FOR LY. DO ONE FOR EVERYBODY. I wanna do at least a few more! It's madness! I'm glad you like Harlan 'cause well I DO TOO. : D
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NakkiStiltz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Those shoes are total win *Converse lover* :XD:

I really like all these pseudo-refs :)
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm probably gonna do more. :thumbsup:
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NakkiStiltz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
YAY! :D
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Foxtrot44 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I :heart: the shoes! Converse are the shit. :) Awesome character design! His hair is my favorite shade of blue. *hugs*
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I covet red hightops myself. Eee, free hugs! :hug:
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Foxtrot44 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Yaaaaay! :D My 2 main shoes are converse and flips flops....but I only wear flip flops in the summer. anywho, thanks for the hug. :)
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obsidiansea Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
He would be such a wonderfully fun person to hang out with.
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floppybelly Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Harlan is nice and all, but I'm still a sucker for Dingo. Though Harlan would probably be the one I'd date in real life if I had the choice.
But how can they be twins-like if Dingo was vampyrized a long time ago? Or am I imagining that?
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't literally mean twins, just in the sense that they share a few physical similarities (like face shape) and also the status of being especially personal/symbolic characters for me. They don't even live in the same fictional universe! For the record, though, Dingo actually isn't that old of a vampire. Probably under eight years old (as a dead guy), I think.

Science!
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floppybelly Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Righto, that makes more sense. But now you've got me thinking of Harlan being a vampire! T_T
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry, I don't think Hell's frozen over yet!
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antlercat-anon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I had a feeling the Mockeridge was inspired by that ~Mockeridge!!

I love Harlan.
I have to admit, before I did my WOOINSANE comment spree of your gallery a few weeks back, Harlan was always one of those I thought was cute, but didn't really have a particular "interest" in. Not to say I didn't like him, but you get what I mean.
I feel sort of bad for saying that. Don't hate meee!

Anyway - now, I think he's a doll.
I swear, he's the type of person the Creature and I would happily invite out for Chinese food and talking or something.
There's something so comforting about him, as though he's a wee kindred spirit in paper-baby form. :3
I've had my hair that colour, too. Ha!

I really want to draw Harlan for you, but, like the issues I had with drawing Dingo, finding the right situation and just -getting him right- is making me angst out. One day... :3
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*gathp* Cally, unless you worship every last one of my eight-billion characters then you can just get off the friend boat.

Hurhurhur you know I kid. I'm glad to hear he's grown on you! I'll bet he'd love hanging out with you guys. Most of his friends are artsy, quirky people (perhaps that goes without saying). If a Cally-drawing of Harlan happens, it happens! If not, I ruv you all the same! Thank you dahlink. :biscuit:
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antlercat-anon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I like that you "ruv" me. That makes me feel happy. And somewhat like a Scooby Doo character.

I guess I'd like to just get Harlan right, is all. I don't want to give you some sort of blue-haired vomit, it wouldn't be right! :D
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slspotlighter Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Awesome work
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Sheana Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Ah, Harlan! Been a while since we saw him last, nice reference sheet! I should make a character sheet again sometime.
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kyan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do so love Harlan, and these reference sheets are awesometastic Jennysaur! man I wish I could draw dynamic shit, I should work on that heh.
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undead-poet14 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Hey Harlan, your blonde is showing. :giggle:
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In-Tays-Head Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got this weakness for freckled redheads... XD He's really cute!
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot get ntough of your awesome.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neither can I! *makes out with a mirror*
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
*sputters and laughs*
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SunshineKitE Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
More coherent comment later. For now:

:heart:
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Migratory-Coconut Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Oh my tangerines!

He's so groovy! I'd probably date him. (EX DEE)

You have this insatiable ability to create characters with these quirky amazing little stories about them. SO MUCH THINGS TO BE INTERESTED IN. GLOMPF. I want to go live in a big house with him and a group of other equally bizarre interesting people... (can you say commune? ha!)

He's just way too adorable. TEA FOR JENNY YOU'RE GRAND. :tea: (I wish there was a crumpitt emoticon thingy.... We'd totally have tea and crumpitts.)
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shinyrubies Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I really like this kind of layout for a character sheet. It's really fun and interesting!
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly!
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