I totally colored a sketch again~ ¦ 3Little Bit of Lead-Up
This started with a character test after talking with my friend Nite about how my artwork is generally perceived, and some of his perceptions about how I handle body proportions (namely, waist and hips) weren't being interpreted as I had intended them to be.
I sketched some, with my newfound feelings of feeling more free to sketch what I want (I know I owe someone a trade still, but I figure I finally got a break where I could loosen up some XD; ) and I came up with a sketch emulating a picture from my gallery that he felt read how I intended my work to be read.
We both felt that the new sketch was pretty good, and (generally) everyone I showed it to seemed to feel that it came off as more "realistic" than my previous works. (I might post that sketch in scraps, or just finish it XD; )
In any case... In the spirit of experimentation with trying to make my art come off more as it is intended, I sketched this up~!
...And yeah, I realize the poses I use for character tests aren't exactly the most original, but it's kind of like a reference sheet sketch. By viewing multiple characters from the same angle, I can better compare their proportions as characters, y'know~?Submission Info / Character Backstory
Melicia is one of many characters in my primary story world who I have written down, but never really got a moment where it made sense to draw.
I guess in honor of the two-year anniversary of when her character concept came to me (Halloween night ^^ ), I thought it'd be cool to draw her ^^
Melicia is one of two twin "children" of the best friends of a legendary demon who disappeared over 40,000 years ago in the story's canon. Despite being technically a hybrid, she and her brother Althalaz are both descendants of noble pure-blooded demons, and thus immortal, just as their parents are. In present time, however, immortality is NOT common, and Melicia and her entire family basically hide the fact, lest they become spectacles or even shunned.
Melicia's father is a fire demon, and her mother is a water demon. She and her twin brother Althalaz perhaps resemble gender-reversed versions of their parents, for Melicia looks like a "flame goddess" according to her mother's best friend, and Althalaz basically always looks like he just came out of a pool. Yes, Melicia's hair is made out of fire. Fire demons possess the power to make flames appear on any part of their body, and possess the ability to control its temperature. ...I would assume Melicia's hair is a special case however, because I don't think even her father had fire hair, and her hair basically works like regular hair.
The two are avid magic-users, and have been fascinated with magic practically to the point of obsession from early in life, to the point that both have trouble making friends for it takes a special kind of person to truly understand their love of magic. Melicia and her brother seek to learn every spell and every use for every function of every element, for they see the world as their canvas and magic is their brush.
Melicia was always a lithe but never particularly endowed woman in her lifetime, and it's highly speculated that on some level, she had a "side-quest" of sorts in their pursuit of magic, to find some way to give Melicia the body she's always wanted. Within months of meeting Misara and Nagala, Melicia approached Misara to request a concentrated Clagaean milk potion, because Melicia had always been jealous of Misara's breasts. Misara made the potion for Melicia, and Melicia promptly drank it all, infusing her with the blood of Clagaeans, and granted her the bust she's always wanted, through genetic infusion.
Now, starting to realize that many of Melicia's fantasies are potentially within her grasp, Melicia is starting to open up and branch out more, being more honest with her own desires and seeks to shape herself into how she's always envisioned it.
This drawing is probably more or less how Melicia sees her ideal self. She's got the bust now, but she'll need to figure out where to get the wide hips and thighs, haha. (Maybe she'll nag Sushiko until Sushiko gives in and makes a new gene infusion potion for her
Aah, our little Melicia is growing up~ ...Or out D: )Random Comments
I have NEVER drawn fire-hair before, and based on searching the internet, most people haven't either. It's like.. ALMOST a unique concept, because Flame Princess from Adventure Time seems to be the only other example I can find, and she isn't quite of this style of hair XD;
..It's like she's like a fire goddess XD;Random questions
I kind of toiled way too long with trying to get the exact color down for her shirt. do her breasts "pop out" enough with the shading, or does it seem like there's very little definition? (I hope I'm just being sleep-deprived and it looks fine when I wake up XD; )