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Redi, Rough design by Freyad-Dryden Redi, Rough design by Freyad-Dryden
I didn't draw this.  If you don't know by now that I can't draw, you're either new, or have not been paying attention.  This was drawn by :iconlamourdanimer: as a concept/design sketch of Redi for his piece of artwork that is going into my book (just as soon as I can figure out how/grow the balls needed to publish it).  I told him I'd be happy if he actually posted this one on his page, because it's not going into the book, but I still liked it and it would be a shame for it not to be seen.  But he hasn't posted it yet (even though he said he would), so I'm going to go ahead and post it and I'll link to that picture later when/if he does.

Anyway, this is probably my favorite design of Redi of all the ones I got.  Don't get me wrong, everybody did a great job on their pics and I love each of them for different reasons, but this one, I think, came closes to capturing how I personally imagined her.  And also, at the end of the day, there's just something about how LamourDanimer designs characters that just strikes a chord with me.  It reminds me so much of Don Bluth's works (even though it does have its own style to it) and Bluth is one of my favorite animators.  He's certainly my favorite American animator, hands down.

In any case, I wanted to share this one with people, because the artist is one hell of a talented guy.  I can find a few things to criticize.  The ear is a bit off, her neck is a bit too long, a few other minor things, but considering that this is a rough sketch it's really good and it would be a shame if nobody but he and I saw it.

I suppose I should say a few things about the character?  Although, if you've read the story, there's really not much more that needs saying.  Still, there are a few things that I'm particularly proud of.  Of course, I can't take full credit, because this was a character submitted to me in a contest by :icongenrechowderstudios:, and he won the contest for a good reason (namely, his character had the most fleshed out personality and history and the most complex motivations and goals), but that doesn't mean I can't take a certain amount of pride in what I've done with her so far, right?  Right?
Just say right, so I can feel better about this.

One of the things I like about this character is that she's not white.  Now, I've never considered myself a bleeding-heart liberal, or a PC nut, or, for that matter, concepts of racism have kinda flown under my personal (admittedly badly-tuned) radar for most of my life.  Even now, what with the internet making it possible for me to meet (or at least talk to) people from other places and thus expand my experience in ways I wouldn't otherwise be able to, racism is kind of a low-key thing to me.  I find I don't get as up-in-arms over it as much as I feel I should, and certainly nowhere near as much as some others think I should.  It's just something that kinda doesn't come up much in my life (at least not in very noticeable ways) because where I live is so racially and culturally homogenous that . . . well, it mostly slips under the radar of my attention.

But that said, having been made aware of it, there are some trends I notice that bother me for many reasons.  One of these is how almost every hero in fantasy fiction is white.  The thing I find most valuable about fantasy, the thing that makes it a potential to be more than just vicarious wish fulfillment, is how it can take us out of our mundane world view and fit us into another.  Given that I consider this something fantasy fiction is exceptionally well set-up for, what does it say that almost all fantasy heroes are white?  It tells me that we are a culture that is, for all our talk of globalization or increased cultural awareness/acceptance (HA! that's a laugh), still only interested in a perspective that is close to our own.  Nevermind a story where the main character is completely alien, we don't even want stories where the main character is a different skin-color from what is viewed as "the norm."  That is, when you get right down to it, really holding fantasy back from doing what it is most capable of doing.  And I like that I made her of a race that is, basically, based on the Native Americans.  Even though she's not really raised in the environment that would make her like that culture, being a different race still has its effects, because she's still seen as an outsider and that adds an interesting layer to her character.

Also, she's a woman.  Again, femenism is one of those things that I'm not "all about" as much as I feel I should be, and, again, certainly not as much as some others would think I should be, but once it actually got my attention enough for me to figure out what, exactly, it is, yeah there were some good points there.  And one of those points is that there is a surprising lack of good representations of women in the media.  And, here's the thing about that: divorced of any supposed femenist angle, having all of your female characters be badly portrayed, limited and uninteresting is just plain bad writing to begin with.  Yet, it's only very recently that I began making a concerted effort to do female characters better.  I've still got some improvements to make, but I am getting better and Redi is probably my best done female character to date.  True, I had a lot of help in the editing, but that was more smoothing out my presentation so that the audience perceived her as how I wanted her to be perceived.  And this, I can take some credit for, because as well-fleshed out as she was when she was submitted into the contest, but I and the original creator agree that in the process of writing her, she evolved beyond her initial concept into something better than what either of us might have done on our own.  So, I do feel it's fair for me to take some pride in that.  And, again, there is a surprisingly limited number of female main characters in fantasy.  So, I'm glad to add to that small list.

And if, in saying that, any of you reading this feel inclined to bring up Anita Sarkeesian and tell me all the reasons why she's a loon/genius, would you kindly go dunk your head in a bucket of horse-shit, because I am tired of the pointlessness of that discussion.  Not that there are no points of discussion to be had in what she's said, or that I agree or disagree with her (I'm not even going to say which anymore), but that nobody who wants to talk about her wants to actually make those points; it's either blind support or blind hate.  So, politely fuck off.  Which, if you fail to understand the term, means I want you to go away.  And preferably injure yourself.  With a cactus.

Okay, with that bit of bile out of the way, um . . . you know, I just like Redi.  She feels like a Shakespearean character to me, and her overall story arc (which I have no idea how many stories is going to take to tell) feels like a Shakespearean character arc.  She's just kind of awesome in a way that not enough of my past characters have been.  So, I guess I should aslo take time to thank GenreChowderStudios for a) creating this character, and b) letting me build on her the way I felt was most appropriate.
And thank you LamourDanimer for doing some art for me.  And thanks to everyone else who did art for my book.  You guys are awesome.
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Great drawing. I like your opinions, they're so simple yet real.
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Randommode Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
He did a good job drawing it :) 
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Certainly did.
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Arctic-Master Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the minor flaws here and there are a bit blink-worthy, but she's not at all a bad character. o3o

but that doesn't mean I can't take a certain amount of pride in what I've done with her so far, right?  Right?
Wrong! *shot, okay I deserved that.*

Me, personally, I don't really bother paying any mind to that "Black/White" hype; but am still mindful that it exists. :1 That's all we can really do until the mindset kind of dies down and we finally get total cultural acceptance. :D

As I've touched on the whole "feminism" thing before, I've always been indifferent to that. Both sides have equal opportunities to be strong in their own ways. I'll leave it at that so I don't get into any arguments. :1

Which, if you fail to understand the term, means I want you to go away.  And preferably injure yourself.  With a cactus.

Brb, I'm going to be in this corner, laughing my ass off. XD

All and all, glad you now have a character you're happy to fiddle with. :D
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Brb, I'm going to be in this corner, laughing my ass off.
Here, take this cactus.

But seriously, yeah, I like this character.  I think I'll keep her.
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