Francais Charles Caramel

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Portrait by Chip Caramel
Doctor Chip. Art by Cosuman
Charles Weekend Doodle 3
William the Wopol. Created by Jimun and Chip Caramel

Francais Charles Caramel, also known as Chip Caramel, or just Chip, is a furry artist from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. He may sometimes go by his rabbit fursona, Charles.

Fandom Involvement[edit]

Chip Caramel discovered the furry fandom in 2003 after completing a series of comic strips and submitting them to his Geocities page.[1]. His most active presence online is via the MUCK, SpinDizzy. Chip is an active web developer, roleplayer, artist, video game developer, and musician.

During September 2009, Chip joined the MUCK SpinDizzy. He also appears on FurryMUCK occasionally as Chip. Establishing his character as a doctor/medical assistant to the nurse and MUCK Wizard, Findra. Soon after settling in, he'd built a hospital facility as a stage to host medicine-related role-play as well as an environment to build related settings[2]. It serves host to both treatment as well as experimental research. He's still a staff member and site manager, despite some decline in activity over the past few years.

In 2014, he put his alternative character onto SpinDizzy - Charles Flufftail, a rabbit boy.

Fursonas[edit]

Chip's personal furry is a field mouse, modeled after one of the comic series' two protagonists, the other being a human. Age unspecified, he's portrayed as a young, brown, male rodent with a tan belly-patch. His tail is uncommonly colored black, due to burning he suffered during escape from a forest fire. Most notable are his large round ears which are often described as 'dinner plate' sized.

Chip's latest character is Charles Flufftail. He's described as a 12 year old rabbit schoolboy with a vivid imagination. His imagination is so vivid in fact that it tends to get him into trouble; it clouds his sense of reality and when faced with adversity, he tends to imagine himself as something else, usually a stronger or more heroic being than he actually is. The game 'Charles' of the same name demonstrates this 'ability.'

Fursuit[edit]

In 2013, Chip took his Charles character to a new level by attempting to build a fursuit based on him. The suit has made an appearance[3] at Further Confusion before it was sold to the radio station K-Rock for Easter-related promotion [4][5]. Chip recycled the funds back into costume building, producing more fursuits.

Visual Art[edit]

Chip is a visual artist, specializing mostly in digital art, with the occasional contribution in traditional art. He started submitting images online via deviantART as user 'screechingsamick' and 'moveanimation' before settling on 'chipcaramel'. From here he moved to Fur Affinity as 'chipcaramel', spreading to Weasyl and other sites. Most active of all is his Weasyl presence.

Comics[edit]

Starting as an artist in 2002, Chip has developed a comic called 'Chen and Chip.' It was a story heavily themed on martial arts, magic, and teamwork. Being, for the most part, ad-lib, it had mixed reception but served as motivation to continue moving forward. After 12 issues, it was cancelled to make room for other artistic pursuits.

In 2014, Chip began making comics again. He created a 4 panel strip series called Charles, based around the rabbit Charles and his unusually active imagination. In this arc, he is able to imagine things happening around him, causing the events to actually take place. While defending himself against bullies at school, he finds companionship with his classmate Sammy, and the school librarian Luna.

Game art[edit]

Being a digital artist, Chip has, with the help of his friend Jimun, created several video games over the course of a few years. Mainly specializing in 2D sprites, he actively creates sprites and tile art, environment maps, as well as write music for such projects. Notable examples would be: William the Wopol, Eve, Tiny's World, and Charles, all of which are entries into the video game competition, Ludum Dare. This competition is held three times annually [6].

Music[edit]

At an early age, Chip learned music through school as well as a church youth program. Aspiring to compose his own tunes, he begun making music through traditional notation and loop trackers. He's created such things through software such as ACID, Noteworthy Composer, Cakewalk Music Creator Touch, MilkyTracker and Garageband. He hosts tracks actively on his Weasyl gallery.

Photos[edit]

Fursuit Photos of Charles

References[edit]

  1. Chen and Chip (Archived)
  2. @Action News October 4th, 2009 - Spin Dizzy Medical Treatment Centre Now Open
  3. Photo 511 FC2014 Parade - DragonScales
  4. K-Rock Cash Rabbit's Twitter Page
  5. K-Rock Cash Rabbit TV Commercial
  6. Ludum Dare - Game Jam Event

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