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Title: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Fri, 15 January 2021, 20:21:47
This is mostly for myself to organize some stuff but if you were ever curious about it for whatever reason, here's some backstory. A few people have asked what happened to Mari and who's the new girl. Last time I changed my picture someone made a thread about it...  (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=75928.0)

(https://i.imgur.com/S8CkNpC.gif)
Old avatar of Mari from Evangelion: 3.0

(https://i.imgur.com/vBW9vXY.gif)
OG sprite drawn by Rimuu (https://twitter.com/rimuuarts), animated by KJOEE88 (https://twitter.com/KJOEE88).

You may have seen the character in my avatar pop up in various places. Today happens to be the 5 year anniversary of me coming up with the idea. I tend to keep to myself these days within the hobby so I never really shared it with anyone outside of friends, it's just for fun. My shilling days are (mostly) over.

(https://i.imgur.com/XRuFDjD.jpg)

Elzy is my anthropomorphized keyboard mascot. If you're familiar with my keyboard, the LZ-S, you'll probably recognize some of the design features. There's a lot of references so I'm too lazy to go over every single detail but I did want to keep it simple, as a metal rectangle should be. I also simplified the "Clacks" out of respect for CC's art and for a cuter vibe.

(https://i.imgur.com/HzVDV0r.png)
Reference sheet drawn by a friend at the time. Unfortunately they disappeared on me one day.

Kancolle, a game about boats as anime girls, was still popular around that time so I just copied it and ended up with Keycolle instead. Some of the design was inspired by Kizuna Ai as well. Although I came up with the idea 5 years ago I didn't actually have the character finalized until 3 years after. A lot of thought went into the design and I was super picky about it being recognizable and not too complicated.

(https://i.imgur.com/pmjdcXx.png)
Concept stuff, spent the longest time picking a hairstyle.

More
(https://i.imgur.com/TXDe6DR.png)

Alternative outfit designs

Now that I think about it, quite a lot of people have Elzy stickers. So if you got to see one I hope you found it cute, even if you never used it or threw it out. I have no plans of selling Elzy stuff, they're usually just given away at events or with my projects.

(https://i.imgur.com/rpAm2gW.jpg)

The first stickers were drawn by Rimuu and were included as freebies if you ordered a set of ePBT Blank Blue from ApexKeyboards. ePBT Blank Blue is a replica of imsto's blue PBT caps, which I had been using on my LZ-S since I first got it. I also had a very small amount of t-shirts made and a drawstring bag for myself. Rimuu is like the unofficial-official artist of Elzy at this point so much love and support to her for working with a weirdo like me, check out her stuff.

(https://i.imgur.com/NLeGkLA.jpg)
Rimuu chibi (https://rimuu.com)

There was a small test batch of a Riyo style stickers that I had made for myself and some friends. Riyo is an artist who draws chibis for FGO in a very recognizable style, but unfortunately this is just an imitation done by a great friend of mine.

(https://i.imgur.com/JdfZRbA.png)
TaehaTypes' thumbnail w/ Riyo-style chibi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl5EtZdoX_0)

The next stickers were an imitation of Padoru Padoru, a meme that also comes from the Fate series. These were given away during a Toronto keyboard meetup. I think it was in January and out of season but those disappeared real quick. Drawn by same anonymous friend above.

(https://i.imgur.com/xaG4Gse.jpg)
Padoru

Since I liked how the Riyo ones turned out I had some foil ones made. Unfortunately the QC is pretty bad so I kept them all to myself and a few friends that asked. Dunno what I'll do with them.

(https://i.imgur.com/iatwTVQ.jpg)
Riyo-style foil

The most recent ones come as a box slap, featuring my profile picture. It's a redraw of a frame from the 3rd Evangelion movie, the one that I've used as my GH avatar since forever ago. My only regret is not making a blinking version like before. It took me a while before I was confident with it to replace my blinking Mari avatar on GH but here we are.

(https://i.imgur.com/eFlbMTD.jpg)
Artwork by grape (https://twitter.com/grape______)

Going forward I'll make sure the artwork is set up for full bleed printing so there are no white borders.

There are other pics too that were personal commissions. Some were from art raffles and some from my keyboard anniversaries. Here's a few fun ones.

(https://i.imgur.com/OPB9fpp.png)
kaxukin (https://twitter.com/kaxukin)

(https://i.imgur.com/8XqMRw1.jpg)
drawwithjoo (https://twitter.com/drawwithjoo)

There is also the time she cosplayed as Saber Alter for the GMK Alter box art. I shopped around for an artist for like over a month before having Rimuu do it again. Couldn't be any happier.

(https://i.imgur.com/RsDvC2v.gif)
Illustration by Rimuu (https://twitter.com/rimuuarts), animated by KJOEE88 (https://twitter.com/KJOEE88).

Since I forgot who took which photo I didn't credit anyone but if you yell at me I'll put your name or take it down, sorry.

Anyway I just wanted to finally formally introduce her for the few people who were curious. Thanks for stopping by!
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: noisyturtle on Fri, 15 January 2021, 21:14:27
Surprised no ones cornered the keyboard dakimakura market yet. I'd totally buy a Model M bodypillow.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: tp4tissue on Fri, 15 January 2021, 21:50:31
Looks cool.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: LightningXI on Sat, 16 January 2021, 02:56:46
Love it. Love Elzy. Super cute and I like the dedication towards forming this entire character.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: yui on Mon, 18 January 2021, 05:38:11
"weeb garbage" is a strong way to say it, i am not at all into manga but find that whole thing rather interesting and the idea of a keyboard waifu funny :) have a good one
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: futurecrime on Mon, 18 January 2021, 18:58:08
That blinking avatar really stood out to me when I first found GH. And your keyboard has to be one of the most iconic kustoms around. I jumped at the chance to get those blue caps on reissue (EU though so no sticker  :( ).  I had no idea about this character you've created, but I love the devotion and thought you've put into such a leftfield idea.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Mon, 18 January 2021, 22:37:37
I put the original in the OP for your nostalgia

(https://i.imgur.com/S8CkNpC.gif)

Also dug up a ton of conversations from when I was still coming up with the design, might organize that and share some concept stuff.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sintpinty on Tue, 19 January 2021, 18:21:04
This is mostly for myself to organize some stuff but if you were ever curious about it for whatever reason, here's some backstory. A few people have asked what happened to Mari and who's the new girl. Last time I changed my picture someone made a thread about it...  (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=75928.0)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/S8CkNpC.gif)

Old avatar of Mari from Evangelion: 3.0

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/vBW9vXY.gif)

OG sprite drawn by Rimuu (https://twitter.com/rimuuarts), animated by KJOEE88 (https://twitter.com/KJOEE88).

You may have seen the character in my avatar pop up in various places. Today happens to be the 5 year anniversary of me coming up with the idea. I tend to keep to myself these days within the hobby so I never really shared it with anyone outside of friends, it's just for fun. My shilling days are (mostly) over.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/XRuFDjD.jpg)


Elzy is my anthropomorphized keyboard mascot. If you're familiar with my keyboard, the LZ-S, you'll probably recognize some of the design features. There's a lot of references so I'm too lazy to go over every single detail but I did want to keep it simple, as a metal rectangle should be. I also simplified the "Clacks" out of respect for CC's art and for a cuter vibe.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/HzVDV0r.png)

Reference sheet drawn by a friend at the time. Unfortunately they disappeared on me one day.

Kancolle, a game about boats as anime girls, was still popular around that time so I just copied it and ended up with Keycolle instead. Some of the design was inspired by Kizuna Ai as well. Although I came up with the idea 5 years ago I didn't actually have the character finalized until 3 years after. A lot of thought went into the design and I was super picky about it being recognizable and not too complicated.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/pmjdcXx.png)

Concept stuff, spent the longest time picking a hairstyle.

Now that I think about it, quite a lot of people have Elzy stickers. So if you got to see one I hope you found it cute, even if you never used it or threw it out. I have no plans of selling Elzy stuff, they're usually just given away at events or with my projects.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/rpAm2gW.jpg)


The first stickers were drawn by Rimuu and were included as freebies if you ordered a set of ePBT Blank Blue from ApexKeyboards. ePBT Blank Blue is a replica of imsto's blue PBT caps, which I had been using on my LZ-S since I first got it. I also had a very small amount of t-shirts made and a drawstring bag for myself. Rimuu is like the unofficial-official artist of Elzy at this point so much love and support to her for working with a weirdo like me, check out her stuff.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/NLeGkLA.jpg)

Rimuu chibi (https://rimuu.com)

There was a small test batch of a Riyo style stickers that I had made for myself and some friends. Riyo is an artist who draws chibis for FGO in a very recognizable style, but unfortunately this is just an imitation done by a great friend of mine.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/JdfZRbA.png)

TaehaTypes' thumbnail w/ Riyo-style chibi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl5EtZdoX_0)

The next stickers were an imitation of Padoru Padoru, a meme that also comes from the Fate series. These were given away during a Toronto keyboard meetup. I think it was in January and out of season but those disappeared real quick. Drawn by same anonymous friend above.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/xaG4Gse.jpg)

Padoru

Since I liked how the Riyo ones turned out I had some foil ones made. Unfortunately the QC is pretty bad so I kept them all to myself and a few friends that asked. Dunno what I'll do with them.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/iatwTVQ.jpg)

Riyo-style foil

The most recent ones come as a box slap, featuring my profile picture. It's a redraw of a frame from the 3rd Evangelion movie (RIP 3+1), the one that I've used as my GH avatar since forever ago. My only regret is not making a blinking version like before. It took me a while before I was confident with it to replace my blinking Mari avatar on GH but here we are.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/eFlbMTD.jpg)

Artwork by grape (https://twitter.com/grape______)

Going forward I'll make sure the artwork is set up for full bleed printing so there are no white borders.

There are other pics too that were personal commissions. Some were from art raffles and some from my keyboard anniversaries. Here's a few fun ones.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/OPB9fpp.png)

kaxukin (https://twitter.com/kaxukin)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/8XqMRw1.jpg)

drawwithjoo (https://twitter.com/drawwithjoo)

There is also the time she cosplayed as Saber Alter for the GMK Alter box art. I shopped around for an artist for like over a month before having Rimuu do it again. Couldn't be any happier.

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/RsDvC2v.gif)

Illustration by Rimuu (https://twitter.com/rimuuarts), animated by KJOEE88 (https://twitter.com/KJOEE88).

Since I forgot who took which photo I didn't credit anyone but if you yell at me I'll put your name or take it down, sorry.

Anyway I just wanted to finally formally introduce her for the few people who were curious. Thanks for stopping by!
Y'all get stickers and full on vinyl figures and what do i get...?
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Tue, 19 January 2021, 21:11:29
join the dark side
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Tue, 26 January 2021, 10:38:17
early/alternative outfit concepts

(https://i.imgur.com/TXDe6DR.png)

I have like 3 in-progress commissions to celebrate my 8 year anniversary with the LZ-S so soonTM
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: JohnSun on Wed, 27 January 2021, 09:41:19
early/alternative outfit concepts

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/TXDe6DR.png)


I have like 3 in-progress commissions to celebrate my 8 year anniversary with the LZ-S so soonTM
I really like the idea. It looks really interesting. This art is perfect for a website (https://essayexaminer.com/essay-assist-review/). And this is not only for educational topics. It seems to me that you are very talented :thumb:.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Wed, 27 January 2021, 19:08:14
(https://i.imgur.com/UCQqc8P.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1nRLwcd.jpg)

Latest from 0Nasu1011 (https://twitter.com/0Nasu1011), super happy with their work!


Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: LightningXI on Wed, 27 January 2021, 19:23:24
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/UCQqc8P.jpg)

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/1nRLwcd.jpg)


Latest from 0Nasu1011 (https://twitter.com/0Nasu1011), super happy with their work!
Drinking RO-59 what in the world is this new Pocari Sweat
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Wed, 27 January 2021, 22:25:16
it's milk, look the label says milk, milk for keyboards

Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: noisyturtle on Wed, 27 January 2021, 22:47:41
waiting for the Rule34
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Wed, 27 January 2021, 22:50:09
waiting for the Rule34

blocked
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: LightningXI on Wed, 27 January 2021, 23:23:51
it's milk, look the label says milk, milk for keyboards



m-milk... yes...
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Mon, 08 February 2021, 15:07:20
(https://i.imgur.com/8vuL0qL.png)

Illustration by Steeb (https://twitter.com/steeb26/status/1358742327536349184?s=19)

I love Clacks so I had them drawn like the real ones for once. I think for the character I prefer the bootleg cutsie looking ones though.

That's all I had planned for the 8 year anniversary on Feb 15.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: LightningXI on Mon, 08 February 2021, 15:30:37
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/8vuL0qL.png)


Illustration by Steeb (https://twitter.com/steeb26/status/1358742327536349184?s=19)

I love Clacks so I had them drawn like the real ones for once. I think for the character I prefer the bootleg cutsie looking ones though.

That's all I had planned for the 8 year anniversary on Feb 15.

Najs, although the hairpin does look like it cuts off a bit abruptly (maybe just not enough depth)

What's the watch? A Seiko?
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Mon, 08 February 2021, 15:46:57
I think the left side of the hairpin is hidden under hair which is why it looks shorter. Watch is supposed to be a Skyfall Aqua Terra on a blue strap but I don't get picky about it being accurate as long as I know what it's supposed to be.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: jorj_mk on Tue, 16 February 2021, 19:53:40
[attach=1]

My contribution! Celebrated Elzy's anniversary by putting my Elzy slap on the back of my 356n mk2.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Fri, 12 March 2021, 15:17:58
hell yea dollar keychains (the scuffs you see are the protective film)

(https://i.imgur.com/BiKYqvu.jpg)

art by rimuu.com
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: pancake on Fri, 12 March 2021, 15:37:04
keychain raffle open until 3/14 11:59pm pt

gl

https://forms.gle/QGcKAxwsdSh99LjW8


invoices out ggs
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: LightningXI on Fri, 12 March 2021, 17:02:55
yoooooooo i'm in
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sintpinty on Fri, 12 March 2021, 19:56:29
Why do people have mascots? I get that the twitter account i manage has one but it isn't anime and made for anime things -
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: ItszBrian on Fri, 12 March 2021, 20:22:16
So cute
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: LaserCrafter on Fri, 19 March 2021, 01:44:34
Why do people have mascots? I get that the twitter account i manage has one but it isn't anime and made for anime things -

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: BapoDonu on Thu, 08 April 2021, 21:06:06
So good give more
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Thu, 08 April 2021, 23:34:38
art costs money man. I do have one commission WIP from an artist I really like working with though, soonTM
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sintpinty on Sat, 10 April 2021, 21:22:10
This should be called the sifo warning if there is weeb garbage
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: LightningXI on Sun, 11 April 2021, 03:11:54
art costs money man. I do have one commission WIP from an artist I really like working with though, soonTM

hype
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Sat, 17 April 2021, 11:24:55
this has been brought to my attention so we can make the hair clip happen

https://keeb.io/products/mx-keycap-hairclip
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Sun, 09 May 2021, 19:52:18
(https://i.imgur.com/KRcfxlM.png)

Elzy in her natural habitat, by Fuma (https://twitter.com/fumaimpact) who I've commissioned in the past for some other stuff.
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: LightningXI on Mon, 10 May 2021, 08:50:22
Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/1G5qIwv.png)


Elzy in her natural habitat, by Fuma (https://twitter.com/fumaimpact) who I've commissioned in the past for some other stuff.
Nice. Elzy looking cute
Title: Re: Elzy (Sifo blog, warning: weeb garbage)
Post by: Sifo on Tue, 11 May 2021, 19:17:59
Needed a few super minor revisions to this one but Fuma's fast. Turns out the desktop wallpaper is in fact Elzy. Looks like it'd be a great dakimakura design if Qlavier didn't beat me to it (I'm just kidding, I never had plans for this).

Surprised no ones cornered the keyboard dakimakura market yet. I'd totally buy a Model M bodypillow.

Looking forward to your post in "What did you get in the mail today" thread