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On the air with Cecil Baldwin by lily-fox On the air with Cecil Baldwin by lily-fox
After pooh-poohing it immediately, I came around and started listening to Welcome To Night Vale, a pretty brilliant podcast. It's a mock local news radio show for a weird little town called Night Vale. It's like... if Prairie Home Companion were written by H.P. Lovecraft. If you like things that are creepy and funny and sometimes genuinely scary (but awesome), check it out. It's free on iTunes.

My favorite thing about the Night Vale fandom is how they (we, I guess) have interpreted the characters. You don't get many physical descriptors of most of them, and none at all of our host, Cecil Baldwin, which leaves his appearance 100% up to your imagination. I love how wildly different he looks according to whoever is drawing him, and I love that fans have just decided that he has a third eye and a lot of ever-morphing tattoos.

My Cecil is modeled on Danny Pudi, who is just the dreamiest, but appropriately geeky.

Damn, you guys, it's been a long time since I've drawn anything I thought was good enough to share. Slumps are the fuckin' worst.


[ reblog on Tumblr ]
materials: ink, paper + PS8
music: Jurassic 5, "Quality Control"
Please do not reproduce without my explicit permission.
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SweetEnough Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
would^
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SweetEnough Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love to see bring Mayor  Pamela Winchell to paper.
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axalendra Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OH! i thought he looked like Danny! amazing job
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nicolamac Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I saw the note on the desk, saying "Call Carlos" That made me smile ;)
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GriffinClaws Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like that someone else imagines Cecil as Indian. Ever since he made comments about the Apache Tracker wearing an offensive Indian headpiece, I've imagined him as Indian. (Like, from India. I'm realizing in retrospect that Apache Tracker is probably wearing Native American stuffy, like you know, the Apaches... derp)
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
You know, the first tie the Tracker's mentioned, he's just "the Indian Tracker" wearing an "Indian headdress" -- I can totally see picturing him wearing one of those righteous military turbans with fake medals and jewels on. That absolutely works. Still 200% offensive!

Before I started listening to Night Vale, I saw somebody's fancast of Cecil was Danny Pudi. I've had a crush on him since I started watching Community, and it felt so right. :)
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ninjaesther Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Wow this is awesome ^.^
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LadyAmpu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your Cecil :3
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star-anise Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love your Cecil! Makes me want to start listening to Night Vale again. I've only heard the first few episodes.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
The show gets better and better. :) Glad you like him!
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Butterfly-Screams Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I've looked at this piece multiple times, and never noticed the spider hanging from the microphone! I love it!
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readyplayerzero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ohhhh, your Cecil's expression and body language absolutely fit my headcanon perfectly, down to the half-lidded third eye! I find so much art and fic of him as a squealy, easily flustered teenaged girl, and while it's cute to an extent it's also frustratingly not the slow-speaking, smooth, deep-voiced and relaxed Cecil I adore and love from the podcast~

Also, the spider hanging off the mic is creepy.

Also, is that a post-it note that says "Call Carlos"? XD
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
The note says "Call Carlos RE: clocks". You got a good eye!

Yeah, but think about his voice when he says "Can you believe he called ME??" That's a pretty good approximation of an easily flustered teenage girl if I ever heard. :D I love how he'll turn News Cecil off when he talks about Carlos, and slip into Lovesick Cecil. (Or, alternately, Goddamn You Steve Carlsburg Cecil.) It's one of the most charming things about the show, I think.
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readyplayerzero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awww, yay! :D I adore cute little details like that in a scene!

Yeah, it is adorable, but it's still not the "Oh, god, oh my god, what do I-I, I don't even, C-Carlos...!" *blushflusterfumble* that I've seen him written as so very often. XD It was cute at first, but I'm weary of it, heh... but that's just me. ;)

Oh my gosh, I love Goddamn You Steve Carlsburg Cecil, and all the fan theories for why Cecil hates him so much. XD
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Ha! You know, I haven't heard a single fan theory regarding Carlsburg yet. Care to share your favorites?

I haven't read a lot of Night Vale fic yet, either. I started reading one I thought was going to be super sexy, but it involved a lot of consensual blood loss, and I started feeling dizzy and clammy. Had to put it away, and that put me off for a while. 9:
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readyplayerzero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
My favourite is that Cecil's third eye lets him understand somebody's true nature (good, evil, genuine, liar, that kind of thing), and Steve Carlsberg is not evil but he is a jerk. xD It's simultaneously supernatural and mundane, so it tickles me pink. I personally hate the ones where Steve and Cecil have a romantic history and Steve hurt Cecil, in part because I'm terribly possessive of my OTPs (ahaha) and in part because I don't read anything remotely like that in the podcast... and others just being things like Steve annoyed or insulted Cecil at some point and Cecil never forgave him for it. ^^

Ohhh, that makes sense. XD A lot of my WTNV favourites are sweet, dorky or domestic, but none of them involve excessive blood; then again, while plenty of them involve sex, few of them are particularly focused on it. I could send you some reccs if you'd like. :3
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I would love some recs! Yes please. :) I also love the sweet, domesticy ones, too. (Though I am not opposed to kinky nonsense.)
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readyplayerzero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Okay, I will send you a note with the reccs, since it'll be too long for a comment. :P I tend to give title, author, summary, link and word count, so. XD
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LadyWater2010 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Yet more stuff I need to get into... Great art btw
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
It's a fun thing to listen to while you're working, if you need a diversion.
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LadyWater2010 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Or in my case playing a video game where you don't need sound for some of the story. It has been great so far
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Right! I play Minecraft while I listen. :) I'm glad you're diggin' it so far! It just gets better, honestly.
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LadyWater2010 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
And it is damn good now
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is really cool looking - as someone who has not listed to this entire podcast. I think the snippets I have heard did not seem to match the hype this show has gotten and I dunno why, I was kinda turned off by it (seems like you had a similar early response)....but I really should give it a try, because I hear such good things. 

And Danny Pudi is super dreamy
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
You know... I like listening to radio talk, as long as it's interesting. And this is. I was put off by Cecil Baldwin's voice at first -- now that I've listened through it all and gone back to listen all over again, he was so kind of dreamy and softspoken in the beginning. I thought he was wooden, but I really don't anymore. I don't know if that's just my affection for the show, or if it's the kind of thing that you just have to get used to.

I think you can tell it's a good show because it's engrossing even when he's not talking about Carlos, which of course is what we're all just waiting for.

That's all just my rambly opinion, tho. :D
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have downloaded it and going to give it a try. I love podcasts as well, from "On Being" to "Stuff You Missed in History Class" to "The Moth"...there is so much good stuff out there
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
My husband listens to "Fat Man On Batman" and this other one with Jackson Publick, I think? I'm not sure. Before Night Vale, the only ones I heard were recordings of NPR's "The Splendid Table" and "Car Talk". :D I'm gonna miss those doofs.
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You should really check out the ones I mentioned, and they might lead you to even more - once you start searching the itunes podcast section, it's like a candy store!
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Supersonic-Gabi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I reblogged it a few days ago, but just found it in my messages... Freaking awesome work!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Ha! Thank you. :) I love that it's gettin' around.
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Supersonic-Gabi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nightvale's a small town :P
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that1weirdkid Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yessssssssss
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LaurenSahota Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
how do you do this? you are amazing

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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Aw jeez, thank you! I googled "how to make a GIF", and it was a pain in the ass! :D
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WrathAndEnvy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
This is wonderful :D Thank you for your Cecil~ I always enjoy your style so much!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Well gosh, thank YOU! C: I'm so glad you like it.
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melissaIvory Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you going to draw a Carlos to go with this lovely Cecil? 
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I'm working on a Cecil/Carlos drawing as we speak!
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LicoriceMoyashi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AAAHHHH I LOVE THIS
you are so cool
this is so cool
yisssss
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Hee hee! Thank you.
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BecThompsonArt Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I can't pick just one thing that I love the most about this. I love that you used Danny Pudi as a model, I love his octopus tattoo, the third eye, the notes on his console even! Gah!! You're amazing and I'm so happy you decided to draw him. <3
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Heh. One of the notes says "Call Carlos re: clocks". :) So glad you like this!
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dreamlessxvoyeur Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely perfect. :D
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Thank you!
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sisterof Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I love the colors you used, with the purple details. And the spider. And the octopus. And the whole comics style. :3 Nice work!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Ha! You're the first person to remark on my little spider. I like him.
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guilleelbardo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist
But but Danny Pudi's voice is horrible! haha well compared to Cecil's smooth soul melting whispers
I really like your interpretation. (is that The Kraken octopus?)
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
a) You shut your mouth. Danny Pudi's voice is a cinnamon dream, even if he doesn't speak in tOnes, round, like an orange.
b) It is! That is the old famous Kraken illustration I shamelessly pirated off a bottle of rum. :)
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guilleelbardo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Nothing better for inspiration than a bottle of rum!
There's definitely a citric character to Danny Pudi's voice... ;)
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
"A citric character". :D You're wonderful!
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