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Railrunner Character Development: Page 1 by railrunnermiranda Railrunner Character Development: Page 1 by railrunnermiranda
Assignment for computer illustration, character spread. Its my roller coaster character, Railrunner from my story:

WHAT HAPPENS TO AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES ONCE THEY ARE PUT INTO STORAGE OR DESTROYED? They are magically transported to a place only known as “Amusement Park Between”, a park that co-exist within any other and is only accessible by those who are of its blood. There are no limits and no humans. The only residents are the rides. However, they are much different from our own. Amusement Park Between’s rides are ALIVE, having both the characteristics of man and beast. Amusement Park Between was once merry and joyous, but for the past several years it has spiraled into turmoil. An evil tyrant known as Ironwheel has taken control, casting a dark shadow over Amusement Park Between, and whose evil intentions endanger both their world and our own. The rides only hope is the key to their prophecy; the red will defeat the black. That particular key is the only ride that was created differently. The red roller coaster, Railrunner. AND THIS IS HIS STORY.



Yes, these rides are BIO MECHANICAL, meaning they are metal on the outside, flesh on the inside.

Yes, these rides are BIO MECHANICAL, meaning they are metal on the outside, flesh on the inside.
Railrunner the red roller coaster. He's many things - stubborn, willful, clever, rough around the edges, and a bit of a party-goer with an addiction for love(only with his wife XD) and anything with alcohol in it. He's a rather colorful character with even more colorful language. Railrunner has an incredibly troubled past that makes his temper short and causes a lot of unpredictable behavior - most of it violent and he reverts to his predatory nature. Of course, he does have a mushy side. Railrunner's handsome voice and genuine personality makes him a true gentleman.


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Twisted,Vertigo, its characters and concepts are copyright to Miranda Leek, (me) DO NOT USE, COPY, or STEAL
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Shiryu37 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013   General Artist
Pretty crazy/sweet development page
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railrunnermiranda Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional
Thanks :)
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Shiryu37 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome. Just curious, is the coloring on the right hand page done digitally or is that marker or something?
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railrunnermiranda Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional
Digitally. :)
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Mr-King55 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
You really put the O in OC, I've never seen such an original character x x
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melkathi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Great art. Especially the shiny metal in the top right. Also love how it has all be aranged on the two pages.
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Erilmadith-Everyoung Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am seriously thinking of getting the book, this sounds like a really cool story.
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Arachnaphobic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First I was like: :boogie:
But then I was like: :fear: when I realised I "ride" things like this sometimes :o
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MooreCreativity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
very creative! :) I love them all
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Debit Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have :+fav:-ed this one because I liked the sketchbook/notebook looks of this particular submission. :)
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DarkWold9 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I LOVE it.
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Gilles-Marivint Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Where is the button "I like it ?".
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shonenrek Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Interesting concept, and good art.
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BradGomics Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this style is so good and original I would love to see a show or a comic of this =D
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WheelJackson Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   General Artist
Cool. :)
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JayWorx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love your style so much :) And lol at his "content" face. XD
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MeisterBat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD I had no idea this was an anthro rollercoaster! I kept wondering why he looked so strange haha!
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BladedMako Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I love that expression he's got there on the left. U mad bro? U mad?
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ADFTlove Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
who is this hansome guy:love:
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SwiftWindSpirit Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Who knew a roller coaster could be so sexy!
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phirossilverfire Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Creative and really nice!
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LittleMsMacabre Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. I really really appreciate these character sheets because I get a much clearer idea who your characters are. I always find myself looking at your work when it appears on #wtf-oc but I was always really confused on anatomy and how these creatures function. This makes it so much easier to understand. :)
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ArgentDandelion Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
You repeated "Yes, these rides are BIO MECHANICAL, meaning they are metal on the outside, flesh on the inside." in the description.

I like the skull. The position of the holes makes me wonder how the noses of roller coasters work: the roller coasters appear to have nostrils on the top of their heads, but the holes in their skulls for the nostrils are on the sides.

Do the coasters simply have extra holes in their skull for muscle attachment or lightness that happen to resemble nostril holes?
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orionthedragon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
= D allow me to ask you this question:

= ) So, is Railrunner designed off of the Arrow Dynamics steal coaster line? = ) Looking at your reference sketch on the page above the colored image, it immediately made me think of my homeride at work:

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= ) I think you've done an absolutely amazing job with this. Who would've ever thought to give coasters some human characteristics. Amazing if you ask me. = D Also out of curiosity... are you planning on expanding this idea to the more recent designs of coasters:

Examples:
- B&M Wing Rider
- 4 Dimension
- Giga/Strata from Intamin AG
- Intamin LSM Dispatch Coaster (Like Maverick or Cheetah Hunt)

Sorry if I'm asking so much about this, you've just really peaked my interest...
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railrunnermiranda Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional
lol, sorry about my incredibly late reply! Thanks for liking my work :) In the Between world, I made it so the coasters fit to a template, but yes I do plan to draw other designs down the road :)

By homeride at work, do you mean you work on Vortex at Kings island? That's cool, I've never been there myself. It would be cool to get up close and personal with some of the coasters for reference and inspiration. :)
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orionthedragon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
= D Yes, homeride is a term used meaning the location that one is at 90% of the time.

I actually began sharing a bit about your series and characters to my crewmates and some where quite surprised.

When I saw your reference for Railrunner and how you designed him off an Arrow coaster, I was downright amazed (when you've worked one for two years you truly can see their attitude). So when I looked at RRs specs and personality, I was like "Yep, that makes sense".

One of the things that you may find interesting, is that Vortex (the coaster I worked this year) was the first Arrow Dynamics coaster to go upside down 6 different times when it opened in 1987.

According to records, the ride also was the first to feature a Boomerang (other companies refer to it as a Batwing or similar.

= D If you are ever in Southern/Southwest Ohio, be sure to drop a line... I'll be more then honored to show you around. Along with Vortex, we have another Arrow coaster that is our Hybrid Mine Ride. We also have a true Woodie that you HAVE to ride if you visit... The Beast has held its ground as one of the Longest wooden-terrain coasters in the country, and even has it's ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) Historic Landmark recognition, hopefully to never be torn down.

The amount of coasters at the park I work are numerous and has every rider in mind... if you also want more coasters to use for inspiration, you could also consider visiting Cedar Point, the sister park near Sandusky.
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railrunnermiranda Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional
Ah...

lol. Though I haven't been there, my parents have - back in the 80's 90's? Defiantly in B.C (before children era as I call it) It was defiantly when the Beast was newer so probably shortly after 1979. I've been wanting to go ever since they told me. I've ridden the Voyage numerous times at Holiday World though - the longest coaster I've ridden to date. I actually haven't gotten to ride a coaster in close to three years now since college and all that. I'm in desperate need of a fix XD. Along with King's Island, Cedar Point is a definite destination in the future. lol I want to go on Millennium, Top thrill Dragster, okay all 17 coasters in their park (I guess its soon 18 with Gatekeeper that looks pretty cool) Yeah, I'll be sure to drop you a line if I get the chance to visit Kings Island. :)

Just curious, what did you think when they tore son of beast down? Ever had experience with it? lol

Yeah I'm glad you and your crew like my characters. I'll keep em rolling! :D
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orionthedragon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I did have the pleasure of at least riding Son of Beast at least once or twice before it's demise in 2009.

I will be honest, Paramount's attempt to build in-house failed miserably. Too many corners cut and it was just ahead of its time.

= ) Seeing as you've been to Holiday World... I'm assuming you are not too far away from me. = D I'll be creating a video comprised of small clips from our last day of operation soon... maybe I'll create a small 'nuts and bolts' video for you, just so you can see how our steel 'railrunner' works.

XP Kudos and keep up the amazing work...
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railrunnermiranda Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional
I agree with you. I think they pushed the limits of wood a bit to far. lol like you said, it was ahead of its time.

Yeah I actually live in Tennessee, but I go to school in Florida (Sarasota) - close to bush gardens (about 45 min). Dollywood is about four hours from where I live in Tennessee though. Holiday world is about 3 hours.

Yeah that would be awesome if you made a video for me :D

Thanks, yup I will keep posting regularly. :)
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orionthedragon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
= ) Well I actually took some really interesting clips that where from when we did our startups in the morning. Because we got the ride a little late, we detail cleaned in the restricted sections (Locked Out of course).

Tennessee eh? I have family that live on the outskirts of Nashville near Thompson Station, and Sarasota? Love that area of Florida. My family always either goes there, Ft. Myers or Long Boat Key.

= ) After I create the video for my co-workers, I'll take the clips of the more 'ride oriented' stuff for ya... inspiration so to speak.
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railrunnermiranda Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional
Yeah, that's awesome! Sorry for my late reply, didn't have internet for two days.

Yeah I've got family in Kentucky and Indiana.
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TaRtOoN-Man94 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
My favorite sketches here are the one of his skull and him lying on the track
He has a very strong heroic profile
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biocoal Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Wow, I am really liking this one and the second one on the right the bottom one is my favorite.
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