His name is Grrmane the Inclement and he is an Ogre . . . who works in a library. Dissatisfied with the stereotypical Ogre life of clubbing and eating the smaller peoples of the world, Grrmane chose to enter a life of academia and pursued the peaceful profession of librarian. As the only Ogre ever to fully master the Dewey Decimal System, he and the library he runs have become legendary amongst others in his field. As long as he remains, no book is ever returned late, no cover is ever bent, and, of course, no voice is ever raised above a whisper.

This was made for a contest held by Animation Magazine called the Face-2-Face contest. There were two categories, game level and film level heads and various subcategories for the types of heads we could enter. I had read the subcategories in the contest guidelines, but had yet to settle on the type of head I should make. I hadn’t originally even intended to enter the subcategory that I did at the time (Non-human Humanoid), but then I read further and came across “Any image deemed to contain content that depicts violence . . . will be disqualified and removed.” I immediately remembered the Non-human Humanoid suggestions of orcs and goblins without suggesting violence? These creatures are always depicted as violent to the most homicidal extreme. Then I remembered an episode of Flight of the Conchords, where Jemaine Clement was described as looking like “an ogre who works in a library” and remembered that I had wanted to make just such a character for some time.

PS: I lost the contest. Oh well. Better luck next time, eh?

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