My art: Ancient Egyptian fantasy character

My art: Ancient Egyptian fantasy character

This is part of a top-secret character design for a top-secret project!! Don’t tell anyone.


Those are Egyptian lotus flowers in her hair, by the way; their petals are thinner and pointier than the lotus flowers you see in Indian art.

My art: Steampunk Senshi costume

My art: Steampunk Senshi costume

A while back I saw some hyped costumes someone designed for Sailor Moon, and I didn’t really like them. (I won’t link to them so no one feels bad.)

So I decided to design some Sailor Moon costumes myself. I ended up designing five. Below is the steampunk one, modeled by Ami.

Every steampunk needs goggles.
Every steampunk needs goggles.

I want to color them digitally, but as you know, I have many works in progress already so it may be quite some time.

My art: Airbender design for the ladies

My art: Airbender design for the ladies

Of my character designs for Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Fire Bender and Water Bender were women and the Air Bender and Earth Bender were men. While I was researching, I wondered what the female Air Benders’ clothes looked like.

The women Air Benders lived in the Western and Eastern Air Temples, while the men lived in the Northern and Southern Air Temples. I adapted my design from what Sister Iio, Avatar Yangchen, and other female Air Benders wore.

My art: military girl

My art: military girl

Yeah… I dunno what I was trying to accomplish way back in 2002. Super weird head shapes?

I used ink and markers, though; that’s something I hardly ever do.

My art: Frozen Teardrop redesigns 2

My art: Frozen Teardrop redesigns 2

Two weeks ago I ranted about the super-unimaginative character designs in the 2010 Gundam Wing novel, Frozen Teardrop. In that post I presented the many options the designers could have gone with. This week I’m posting the options for the child of Hilde and Duo.

Duo 2 (yep, his name is also Duo), the child of Duo and Hilde
Duo 2 (yep, his name is also Duo), the child of Duo and Hilde

gw_dhkid1According to the Punnett Square I made for the pair, there is a 25% chance of the following combinations:
teal eyes Navy hair (Hilde’s appearance)
Blue eyes Navy hair
teal eyes brown hair
Blue eyes brown hair (Duo’s appearance)

Duo and Hilde actually have pretty similar facial structure, so I just changed their eyes (Duo’s eyes are taller).
I experimented a little bit with hairstyles. I think a child of Hilde and Duo would be on the perky and rebellious side, so I gave them “spunky” hairstyles.
You probably saw this coming, but now I feel compelled to redesign Quatre’s clone, and choose final designs for those I already experimented with. That won’t be soon though – May was unofficially Gundam Wing Month, and I need a break.

My art: Frozen Teardrop redesigns 1

My art: Frozen Teardrop redesigns 1

This post contains spoilers!!

Skip down to see my character redesigns – you don’t have to read the rant if you don’t want to!

The rant:
So… when I was watching Gundam Wing in Japanese last year, I went on a wiki website that mentioned a “Mars Century” and I was like, “Oh, what’s that?”

Turns out that there is a novel from 2010 called Frozen Teardrop in which people from Earth and the Colonies have established a civilization on Mars – in a ridiculously short amount of time, I might add – just 25 years.

Now, I’m not happy about this new thing. I don’t really think Gundam Wing needs anything more, just like Indiana Jones didn’t need a fourth installment. And if there had to be more, it should have been set immediately after Endless Waltz and for god’s sake, include Zechs and Noin getting together. I mean, do you know how many fanfics that couple has spawned??

But even more than the un-necessity of it – it’s the character designs. They’re really disappointing. Here is a chart showing how completely unimaginative the team was in compiling a new set of characters.

(It's not made clear where the 2nd Trowa came from.)
(It’s not made clear where the 2nd Trowa came from.)

I mean, come on! They all look exactly like the original characters. One of them is a literal clone! And the 2nd generation lookalikes of Duo and Trowa are named Duo and Trowa. And apparently hair style is genetic, what??

Plus, Heero and Relena had been cryogenically frozen, so they are exactly the same. Except that Relena has taken to wearing a replica of the mask that Zechs used to wear in Gundam Wing – what’s up with that? We don’t have enough Char clones already??

As if this second generation wasn’t enough, we see the generation of people who came before the Gundam Wing characters in flashbacks – and they look exactly like their children. There’s a guy who looks like Treize, Heero, and two twins who look like Relena (who are her aunts, or one is her mom, or something).

Katrina and Sabrina Peacecraft. Yup
Katrina and Sabrina Peacecraft. Yup

So basically we’ve got three generations of identical-looking people, and I’m really frustrated. If the creators wanted to revive Gundam Wing, then just do a regular sequel.

Anyway, after all that complaining, I made a Punnett square for Zechs and Noin – I loooove Punnett squares, they are super fun! – in which I gave Noin an Aryan-looking parent so that blonde children are genetically possible.
There is a 25% chance of each of these combos:
Violet hair Violet eyes (Noin’s appearance)
Violet hair blue eyes (Milou’s appearance)
platinum blonde hair Violet eyes
platinum blonde blue eyes (Zechs’ and Naina’s appearance)

Below are several possibilities. They don’t include swapping skin tones or facial features, and I didn’t experiment with hairstyles beyond the two originals.
As you can see, there are many more options for the twins than what we got.

Also, as I’ve said before, Ivy from Soul Calibur could totally be their kid, and she even uses a sword-whip like the Epyon.

I will be posting designs for Duo and Hilde’s child in two weeks.

My art: Earthbender design

My art: Earthbender design

My last Bender – also based on my Special Someone, and following his preference for the outfit Zuko wears in the Earth Kingdom in the episode “The Crossroads of Destiny”. I experimented with the colors a teensy bit, though, and the long hair is mine. The the little golem is something I made up – I haven’t seen anybody make golems on Avatar… even though that would be totally awesome.

Sketch allowing for a few different options.

Eight color schemes

My three favorites

Hair and eye options

I’ve got to admit, this has been a really fun project and I am pretty bummed that it’s over.
Please click on the Avatar tag to see all of my designs.