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Character Redesign 01

I dug up some old characters of mine and made an attempt to redraw/redesign them:

Raye and Mara are my oldest characters; I designed them for a story I wrote and illustrated for a school project in middle school 😛 Raye is a no-nonsense 14 year-old and Mara is her science-obsessed mother who has a fascination with, uh, burning things. Raye generally comes off as more responsible than Mara, who is often so absorbed with the possibilities of scientific achievement that she fails to consider the immediate consequences of her experiments. Both are, in a sense, “control freaks”; Raye wants to maintain some degree of normalcy while Mara wants to use science to control everything in her life.

Kiku and Aura were partially inspired by the characters Antigone and Ismene from Sophocles’ play Antigone (part of the Theban plays). They are sisters with a very close relationship despite their polar opposite personalities — Kiku being the outgoing, energetic one and Aura being much more reserved. Kiku is always honest, sometimes brutally so (but she’s a kid so she usually can get away with it ;)) because she has very strong opinions. Aura is a realist who prefers to keep to herself; she’ll stay quiet if it means keeping peace with other people.

I haven’t ironed out a whole lot of backstory for my characters (always lots of ideas, but always changing too), which is why most of them never get past the design stage :’)

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  1. These look great! I have quite a few OCs, but I’m not very good at getting things I see in my mind on paper. So, I don’t draw my OCs very often, if at all.

    • Thank you! It’s hard to make OCs look the way you imagine them, but for me, drawing them out helps make their existence an bit more concrete. If I can’t physically see them, I have a hard time trying to construct stories around them. It’s the same with writing down my ideas…I need to see the words on paper (or on screen) for them to be “real” 🙂

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