Community Spotlight: Eclipse Dragon

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Community Spotlight: Eclipse Dragon



The Escapist is pleased to introduce Ashley Otis, a born-and-raised Florida gamer obsessed with dragons, art, and most of all... dragon art! Did I mention dragons? She really likes dragons. Hopefully that isn't a problem for you, as provoking people with a plethora of draconic friends is rarely a wise venture.

Where were we?

You may know Ashley under the appropriately titled username Eclipse Dragon. In her four years on The Escapist she's made a lot of friends with numerous thoughtful posts and generally acts like a caring and helpful person towards the rest of the community. On the internet kindness can be a rarity, so we thought she deserved to be shouted out a little bit for it.

Here is what she had to say:

How long have you been a member of The Escapist, and what about the site brought you here?

I've been a member since 2009, but I lurked a lot. A while ago, there was a guy complaining on YouTube about working for Game Stop in the style of Zero Punctuation. The comments section was filled with people saying he copied Yahtzee, so I decided to see what Zero Punctuation was all about. I guess like a lot of other people, I came for Zero Punctuation, I stayed for the community.
What is your favorite current Escapist feature?

Jimquisition, I didn't like it at first, but now I love it and watch it every week. I also really like Experienced Points.

Your forum comments are generally well thought out. Do you make an extra effort to make them this way, or is that just how you are?

Sometimes I back out of things I'm going to say. If the thread has already gotten going, I like to read what other people have typed first, if I have anything to add, then I'll comment. If the user who made the thread spent a lot of effort writing the OP, I feel like I owe them that much in a response.
What got you into doing artwork?



I've always drawn, ever since I was little. The first drawing I remember was of some stick figure cat. My parents are very supportive.
Do you have anything that you're more passionate about than your art, or is that what you throw yourself into the hardest?

...Dragons, but I guess the two can go hand in hand.
Do you have any pets What are they and what are their names?

I have a black and white tuxedo cat named Boots. He doesn't know how to meow, he can only squeak. I also used to have a Chinese water dragon named Lionol. He was a great lizard, he taught me a lot about reptiles.

<img height=180>http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h311/utrastarmew5/boots-1_zps03cafc0f.jpg<img height=180>http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h311/utrastarmew5/linol_zps2f7e91dc.jpg
Where do you see yourself in five years' time Do you have any goals that need fulfilling?

Hopefully making more money. At least enough to live by myself. I have a good friend who is really down on his luck. I'd like to help him stand on his feet.
Do you have a favorite game movie band painting etc. that you'd like more people to be aware of?

Wild Arms is one of my favorite JRPG series, It didn't ever get that much recognition. Also the Temeraire series of books by Naomi Novik, they're about the Napoleonic Wars, but with an air force of dragons.
If you would like to nominate someone for an upcoming Community Spotlight, feel free to let me, Marter, know through a PM or by posting in the <url=http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.375206-The-Escapist-Community-Spotlight>official thread or <url=http://www.escapistmagazine.com/groups/view/The-Escapist-Community-Spotlight>user group! When nominating, please tell us why this user deserves to be in the next Community Spotlight and provide links if possible.

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TizzytheTormentor said:
Excellent! Another Escapee with a reptile as a pet!
Congratulations on the spotlight friend!
Thank you! Reptiles make great pets, although I'd never suggest going for a water dragon, they're really high maintenance! They need the temperature to be just the right heat and just the right humidity and they like to swim. Heat, water and humidity make the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. He did have a lot of personality though and when I fed him fish, the fish would jump out of the water and beach themselves to get away from him.

Nasrin said:
I like how her dragons have puppy dog noses ^_^
Thank you. I like to make them look sort of like dogs and cats, I imagine they would act more like cats than reptiles anyway.

Daystar Clarion said:
2 Ashleys have been in the Community Spotlight.

Suck it, society.
Society knows that Ashleys are the best. That must be why it's such a popular name.
 

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All Hail The Dragon of the Eclipse!

May doom come to those who stand in her way!

:D Congratulations Ashley! It was all deserved.

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Also:Some more of her greatness!

View her art and weep tears of joy at the beauty of it!
 

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Excellent, yet another spotlight for an Injustice Leaguer, taking over the Escapist one spotlight at a time. Congrats Eclipse Dragon, I've always thought your artwork was cool.
 

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Hah, I knew you were getting a spotlight eventually! Well done!

We really need more artists on the spotlight like Eclipse Dragon...
 

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Well deserved :) I always fancy looking at dragon pictures when I see Eclipse Dragon artwork.

 

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Bah! I used to have well thought out posts but then I took an arrow to the knee and now I just make tired and stupid jokes!

Anyway, congrats for on the spotlight! Your art is awesome! I wish I could draw :(
 

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Caramel Frappe said:
MY GOD that is so awesome!!!

Is this on DeviantArt by any chance? I would so comment on that fine piece of work and compliment the crap out of it lol. But seriously so awesome... I should do that for people on here too since I can draw as well (though my art skills are rusty). But wow grand job at drawing everyone....... I love it!! :D
Shameless self promotion? Don't mind if I do!
[sub]I'll PM you my DA url just to be safe... If you have one yourself, I'd also like to get yours.[/sub]

It was fun to do and it's a nice challenge since you don't know what people are going to have for an avatar.
Like Imp and his Hurlock Emissary.



tippy2k2 said:
Bah! I used to have well thought out posts but then I took an arrow to the knee and now I just make tired and stupid jokes!

Anyway, congrats for on the spotlight!
You mean you got married?
Thank you.
 

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Evil Smurf said:
Congrats! We need more catoholics in the spotlight.
Every time you post that word I read Catholics.

OP: Well deserved!

A vastly superior dragon!
HA, I did the same thing! I thought it was strange that he was talking about how we need more Catholics in the spot-light and I was confused since I didn't recall them mentioning religion at all during the interview...
 

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Eclipse Dragon said:
Caramel Frappe said:
MY GOD that is so awesome!!!

Is this on DeviantArt by any chance? I would so comment on that fine piece of work and compliment the crap out of it lol. But seriously so awesome... I should do that for people on here too since I can draw as well (though my art skills are rusty). But wow grand job at drawing everyone....... I love it!! :D
Shameless self promotion? Don't mind if I do!
[sub]I'll PM you my DA url just to be safe... If you have one yourself, I'd also like to get yours.[/sub]

It was fun to do and it's a nice challenge since you don't know what people are going to have for an avatar.
Like Imp and his Hurlock Emissary.




Thank you.
Don't worry about it. Being "toonified" makes me seem less threating, and makes people let down their guards more.

See? You wouldn't think a face like this would be evil would you? Well, while not laughing anyway.
Evil Smurf said:
Congrats! We need more catoholics in the spotlight.

For more go to the group for people who love cats. CAToholics Anonymous.
 

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Daystar Clarion said:
2 Ashleys have been in the Community Spotlight.

Suck it, society.
What is it with you Ashleys and the escapistforums?
Is this just a part of your Ashleytopia?

Is this the foundation on which you shall base your empire?

Does one get bestowed with superpowers after doing a community spotlight?

If so, I need to get myself into one.
Time to shamelessly bribe the mods until they decide to give me one be the nicest person on the escapist until the whole community unanimously demands I get a community spotlight.


[sub]Alternatively, I could just work on my mind-controling device and take over the world by making everyone subject to my every whim, thus granting me the ability to decide on whom the honour of a community spotlight is bestowed and then choose to be the subject of the next spotlight. Hell, every spotlight.[/sub]



On topic:
Congratulations, EclipseDragon, and is that a sheep wielding the Master Sword? A supersayajin sheep? I find this quite befuddling...
 

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Hey, what do you know? I just voted for you last week!

Gratz Eclipse, you are one of the few people on this site who deserves the spotlight as much as I do >:D
 

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Fappy said:
Hey, what do you know? I just voted for you last week!

Gratz Eclipse, you are one of the few people on this site who deserves the spotlight as much as I do >:D
For being the most humble, right? >;D
 

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Imp Emissary said:
Fappy said:
Hey, what do you know? I just voted for you last week!

Gratz Eclipse, you are one of the few people on this site who deserves the spotlight as much as I do >:D
For being the most humble, right? >;D
Well, of course! What else would it be for?