So… I did some doodles in class and I felt like posting them. They were supposed to be movement/body language practice for a couple of characters. I did them in a ‘neutral’ pose, the second was a reading/relaxing, the last was flustered.
The top is James Rupert, whose been posted here before. This is a picture of him as a teen. He’s supposed to look a mix between cocky and tense in his neutral pose, because he’s the kind of person that puts on a cocky attitude even though he’s pretty nervous a lot of the time. The second pose is him reading and he’s supposed to look curled up and a bit tense despite the fact that he’s enjoying himself and relaxing. The last pose is him being flustered, probably around someone he has a crush on. James tends to turn into a blushing schoolboy when he likes someone.
The second person is Antonia ‘Toni’ Kudo. She’s a childhood friend of James. Her personality is a bit standoffish and sarcastic, though she’s got a sense of humor. Like James’ family, Toni’s family isn’t in the best of circumstances financially and her parents aren’t really there often. When she’s older, she becomes a bartender (and eventually runs her own bar). James and his work buddies like to get drinks there. In her neutral pose, I tried to convey a kind of exasperated, ‘you’re wasting my time’, sort of look. She’s a bookworm, so I wanted her to look comfortable reading. I also wanted to show that she’s a bit stiff as a person so I had her sitting up instead of lounging. Her flustered pose was kinda hard to do. I couldn’t get the expression quite right. Anyway, when flustered, she tends to make a lot of hand gestures and is a lot less composed than normal.
The last set of drawings is Toni’s twin brother, Jackson. He’s got a cocky, devil may care sort of attitude and is often up to some less than good things. He tries to appear tougher than he really is. Though, despite being rather lazy, he’s more cleaver than most people would give him credit for. Him and Toni are kind of close, despite having conflicting personalities, and when they’re older they get matching tattoos. Toni feels it’s her job to keep Jackson out of trouble. That doesn’t work out too well, since he falls in with gangsters. While Toni is close to James, Jackson actually befriends (and for a while dates) James’ younger brother Robert and they stay close despite the fact that Jackson is a gangster. Jackson’s neutral pose is supposed to look cocky and like he’s trying to be badass. I didn’t draw him reading, unlike the other two, since he’s not one for books. Instead he’s daydreaming here and I wanted to make him look just sort of comfortable. His flustered pose is supposed to look like he’s trying not to appear nervous, but isn’t able to meet the eyes of the person he’s talking to.
(This is a drabble I wrote a few months ago but never posted. I figured I might as well post it, though, so here goes.)
When Zoey met Sarah the first thing that came to mind were the dolls she’d played with as a little girl. The younger girl wore a poofy pink dress with lace and ruffles stuck to every place imaginable. Her dark, curly hair was tied into two puffs at the side of her head. Freckles were scattered across the young girl’s dark cheeks. Perhaps the only none doll like features was the sour scowl and dark eyes filled with a sort of intelligent awareness that no ten year old should have. For an instant, Zoey remembered that her younger brother’s eyes had looked much the same before he died.
It made her shoulders tighten, but before she could dwell on it, her attention was pointed towards the other young “superheroes.” There was Gwen, a smiling girl around her own age, with short hair bleached blonde and a green summer dress. Against her earth brown skin, it looked like the sun and forest. There was also Derek, who smirked sarcastically at Zoey before he offered to shake her hand. The only thing he reminded her of was a cliché vampire with his pale skin, black hair and all black clothes. The way his cheeks sunk into his face and the dark bags under his eyes didn’t make him look anymore alive.
“So, look, I know you all are trying your best to protect this town. Lord knows we need it, but you’re kids and frankly, you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. So, I’m going to teach you.” Said Dan, a balding man whose features bore a striking resemblance to Derek’s. His uncle, Zoey’d soon learn.
“Please, I’m smarter than any of you could ever dream. Why would I need ya to teach me?” Sarah said, planting her hands on her hips.
Looking down at the ground, Zoey mumbled out, “Sometimes being the best isn’t enough…” But, no one heard her. She was too quiet and Dan’d already started trying to reason with Sarah. So Zoey stepped back and stuffed her hands into the pockets of her worn grey shorts. Her mousy brown hair fell in front of her pale face and she tried not to think too hard back to how egos like Sarah’s had gotten dozens of people killed.
She didn’t realize she was shaking until an arm wrapped around her shoulders.
“Hey, like, you okay?” asked Gwen, gently rubbing Zoey’s arm. “Don’t worry ‘bout Sarah. She’s not really smart as she thinks she is. Well, books and machines and she never forgets nothing, but, like, she’s a kid. She’ll learn.”
And Zoey blinked up, a little confused.
“You look totally worried.” Gwen said.
All Zoey could think of to do was nod in return. She didn’t want to see anymore children get hurt or any more egos come crashing down at the reality of their own fallibility. But, she couldn’t say that. She wasn’t ready to talk about what happened just yet.
So another Avatar OC concept for Hou Tian. Her name is Minxia and she’s a member of a (forum specific) group called the Jade Shark, basically proto-equalists during Aang’s time. Her backstory is still vague, but basically she was a herbologist who’s village got burned down by the Fire Nation during the war. After that she depressed, turned to drugs and fell in with the Jade Shark. She also has a four year old daughter.
While she looks intimidating, she’s actually a pretty laid back person. She can get awkward, and stuttery and has a sort of silly sense of humor. When she gets excited, she can be very energetic. But, despite this, she has a tendency to appear broody.
Originally, I was going to make her a guy… but I decided with girl instead.
So… another Avatar/Korra OC for Hou Tian. Her name’s Tikaani and I’m currently working on her app. As a child she was sold to a gang (The Red Monsoons) and rescued by the cops as a teen. It drove her to become a cop.
Most of the time, Aani seems like a relaxed, joking and charismatic woman, but set her off and she turns sharp, biting and angry. She also believes the ends justify the means and will ‘bend’ rules to achieve justice. Tikaani has a lot of empathy and sympathy for those who’ve been treated unjustly, but is also easily blinded by her passion. It takes a lot of Tikaani to admit she’s wrong. She’d rather stubbornly dig her grave than turn back once she’s made a decision.
She’s also very short (4’10) and hates being called ‘Tick.’
Mako’s player (Tsura on HT) and I are planning on making Mako and Aani cop partners. We might also make it so that Mako had a crush on Aani at one point, but she turned him down because he’s only 18 (she’s 27), has a girlfriend and is a man. (Aani’s not into men.)
She also might end up having a less than healthy romantic subplot with an equalist. >_>
…I am kinda excited.
Long ago, the beautiful and wise Queen Fei ruled over the Ember Kingdom, but tragedy struck when she one day just disappeared. The citizens of the Ember Kingdom, desperate to get their queen back called across the universe to earth and summoned the reincarnations Ribbon Warriors, three young women by the names of Tega, Paine and Emiko.
Tega was the Warrior of Hope, blessed with fans that could call upon the wind.
Paine was the Warrior of Determination, blessed with daggers that could call upon ice.
Emiko was the Warrior of Love, blessed with arrows that could call upon light.
Together, only they could rescue the Queen Fei. But, as the young women adjust to their new roles as warriors, something more sinister lurks in the background that would not only determine the fate of Ember, but the entire universe.
So… I’ve been on this Avatar the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra (both Eras) RP forum called Hou Tian for a few months now, drew a few pictures for it, but never posted them and I figured I might as well post some here.
Basically, I wanted to draw pretty girls in pretty dresses and so I decided to draw some of the girls from Hou Tian here. They’re supposed to be magical girls, though, to be 100% honest, the only magical girl show I ever watched was Sailor Moon back when I was in grade school. Still I LOVE the pretty clothes. (And someday, when I feel like going through a show marathon, I might watch Utena, because it sounds like my cup o’ tea.) Anyways…
Emiko is my character, a nonbender during Korra’s time who works at a bakery called Ember Bread Baker. Her boss, Fei, a sassy fire bender, got kidnapped by one of the local gangs. Fei belongs to a played who goes by Painted Lady. Tega (belonging to a player called Meg) is one of her coworkers, a former Kyoshi warrior and fellow nonbender who is leaving for Kyoshi island soon to aid another one of my characters, Yukiko Tsukino, a nonbender’s right activist/politician get the aid of the Kyoshi warriors in her cause. Paine, who belongs to a player named Nuti, is an amnesiac gangster water bender who is temporarily working at (and soon to be leaving) Ember Bread Bakery who has more attitude than sense.
And P.S. Anyone who RPs and likes Avatar/Korra should totally join Hou Tian, it’s a really friendly place and everyone is chill/awesome/creative and if you like to write epically long posts you can and if you prefer shorter posts, that’s cool too and no one’s judgy about it and what not. Basically it’s a great place to RP
I’ve been watching Rent (the recording of the 2008 Broadway show) on loop for the past week… so I had the urge to draw fanart. It’s Joanne Maureen. I was going to draw all the main characters… but I got lazy, so it’s just these two. Their designs are most strongly based of the 2005 movie since that’s the one I saw first, but there’s also some inspiration from the 2008 show. I kinda thought they were a cuter couple in the 2008 show, possibly because their relationship got more time than in the 2005 movie.
This is just a doodle of my and destronfemme's characters hanging out. The two dudes are hers, the guy in back is Shawn, who's been posted here before. The other dude is his twin, Sunny.
The gal with Shawn is Cammie, who’s also been here before and in front is Bridget. Bridget’s story’s a bit complicated, so I don’t feel like going into it right now… but she’s drawing with Sunny (or maybe working on a small engineering project) while Cammie and Shawn are being mushballs. They’re all meant to be teens here. And yes, Bridget does have a gun in on her thigh.
The lacy and soft dresses she normally wore looked odd on Yuchi. Their delicate designs contrasted starkly with her far from feminine figure. Her build was wide, arms muscular, legs short. The dresses were meant to cling to her waist, but there was little waist to cling to. Perhaps, had she a more docile face, the outfits could have still meshed. But, the cocky grin on her thin lips, the way her wide nose looked to have been broken at least once in her life, the scar across her low cheekbones and her swollen black eye did not a dainty lady make. And her hair, reaching well past her shoulders, was cut in choppy layers that only made her long face look longer. But, if asked, she felt worlds more at home in her dresses than any of the boyish clothes deemed more suitable.
Kiandra James was not a beauty and her pale face would have become a blotchy red if someone were to call her one. Her cheeks were sunken, chin pointy, nose snobbishly turned up. Her thin lips spread wide across her face, more like a gash than a mouth. Grey would be the color that could most easily describe her complexion, except for the purple bruises under her eyes. Her pale blonde hair hung like straw over her eyes and was cropped close to her head everywhere else. The baggy, pastel clothes she wore only managed to make her look more washed out and disguise whatever femininity her figure held. Her only saving grace where her wide, blue eyes, but she’d call that a cliché. Besides, it was nice to be able to duck her head and go unnoticed in crowded places.
The blue hair was hard to miss, even if it was just a wig. Takechi’s real hair, not exactly real in every sense of the word anymore, was currently dyed light brown. While the wig was cut in a bob, while the hair under it didn’t reach Takechi’s ears. But the girl liked both styles. They looked less bland then her forgettable face. One might notice her calculating eyes, her slightly turned down nose, her high cheekbones and pointed chin, but none of her features were particularly pretty, or particularly grotesque. Her build was slightly more memorable. Her limbs were bony and long, her shoulders broad and hips narrow. But, people tended to pay more attention to the way she wore layers of tattered and black clothes, with leather and zippers and small splashes of bright color. Or they paid attention to how she towered over other girls; especially in the boots with five inch high heals. It seemed odd that she would wear dress so boldly when she would glower at anyone who dared to look at her for too long, but she never felt the need to justify herself either.
(More poetry from me. Just some thoughts I’ve been having while visiting Russia.)
I’m an immigrant child of immigrants
growing up in a brokenly bilingual home,
where my parents’ broken English
can’t understand my broken Russian.
Our broken communication is a mess
of broken hopes and expectations.
My mother’s broken dreams
seemed to have been mine to repair,
as the child given a future.
And when at last I was told that
I don’t have to be who my mother could not,
the lines of communication where broke enough
that the message couldn’t pass through.
As we try to cross the rift
there’s still no common tongue.
So I sit and I wonder
if this is the curse of all
brokenly bilingual homes.
So… I did more doodles of Hector and Abby.
Also been thinking more on their dynamic and I suddenly have a lot of feels about the two. I’m also starting to change my mind a bit on whether or not they’d work as a couple, but, am actually starting to lean towards “maybe they could.”
Either way, these pictures are a lot about Abby being fed up and alternatively relaxing, because she’s the person people dump way too much shit on and eventually she decides, “you know what, I’m not dealing with this anymore.” Hector is the dude who’s willing to be her shoulder to lean on and cry on when she needs it and Abby really does need that.
Meanwhile, Hector’s innocent and naive at times. He’s one of the sweetest dudes out there and I think Abby helps ground him a lot. She’s more cynical and harsh and Hector needs someone who’ll pull him out of the clouds every once in a while. I think he’s almost hesitant to dump his own shit on Abby, despite being a superhero/witch stressing him out a lot. And I think Abby would be all like, “Get your head out of your ass. You support me, I support you.” And Hector would laugh happily at that and they’d go out for Pudding (the FroYo of their town) and vent to each other. And Abby would be the one person Hector is willing to show his anger and frustration to, because she shows hers to him. And they’d end up laughing because it’s just so depressingly funny, the weight they both have on their shoulders when they’re still so young. Not to mention, people seem to think they can just dump shit on the two and don’t always think about how, that does effect Hector and Abby. I think eventually, the two both will go, “Hey, I love you guys, but I got my own life to deal with, I can’t always be the one dealing with yours.”
And in a way, I think they both sort of hide the opposite sides of themselves. Hector hides his harshness and Abby her softness and when they’re around each other, they’re more comfortable showing things they don’t show others. They’re not as able to do so with Kevin, because Kevin doesn’t get it as much. I know I haven’t talked about him that much or even drawn him here, but the feeling I get from that dude is that he’s just plain open. Comfortable with himself and doesn’t have the same kinds of pressures on him as Abby and Hector do.
While Hector and Hannah are close, since Hector sees Hannah as his sister, he doesn’t want to burden her. And Hannah, while her life isn’t a cakewalk or anything, has very different problems than Hector. So they don’t understand each other on the same level as Abby and Hector do. Hector might be able to talk to his Nana (paternal grandmother), but he doesn’t want to tell her about the whole ‘dangerous alter ego’ stuff, because she’s his family and it’d worry her. Same goes for his parents.
Abby’s got a slightly different problem with her family. She adores them, but she’s never been the open one. In fact, as the middle sibling, she’s often stuck being her other sibling’s support and it’s exhausting for her. But, her and her siblings don’t feel like they want to dump all their petty issues on their parents who already work so hard to support the family. (Her parents have good jobs, but five kids is no laughing matter financially.) And Abby sort of took on the support role to spare her parents, so she can’t go to them. And her oldest bro’s in law school, so she can’t go to him. Her other older bro needs her to keep his secrets and doesn’t really get how stressful it is for her. And she can’t go to her younger siblings since they’re little kids.
So, it kinda just ends up being her and Hector for a while.
…And wow, that was long…
Anyhow. The last thing is the weird, psuedo-medieval clothes, which was just me messing around with an aesthetic I like.