It’s Roan! And she’s….earthbending?
Okay, this is something I’m having a massive internal argument with myself over. There’s a magic system in Overworld based upon the crystals, however I also have a pair of Gods, one of Law and one of Disorder. The god of law’s domain is earth, metal and other such solid objects whereas the domain of the god of Disorder is wind, water etc. I already have a character who uses different magic to what the common people of the world are aware of, granted directly by the God of disorder, he manipulates a kind of black watery fluid.
However, when I came to think of the opposing magic given by the God of Law, or earth, all I could think of was Earthbending!
The annoying thing is that I love the visual style of earthbending. One of my favourite things about avatar is the way that the powers extend and amplify each of the movements made by the character and, considering I see Roan as a very active character, it’s something I’d really like.
However, even though I reached this point via in-canon reasoning, I still can’t help but feeling that I’ve just stolen it.
So I’m struggling to find something else that would give the same visual appeal and would fit into the religions of Overworld but isn’t a cheap earthbending ripoff.
And I’m wondering if it’s worth sacrificing something that I really like the look and feel of because it’s shown somewhere else. I mean, there are plenty of fantasy things with manipulation of the 4 basic elements, why can’t mine.
But then I think I’m just being lazy, even though I can’t think of anything that fits as well!
Damnit. If anyone has any thoughts or advice on this or other things I could try, I’d really appreciate it ‘cause I feel like I’ve put up a wall that I can’t see over anymore.
More main character doodles.
One of these days I will actually make a polished piece of artwork.
I CAN CHANGE, TUMBLR! *sobs*
More designs of Roan. Considering the how abysmal my initial clothing designs were (I haven’t even put most of them online they’re that bad) I think this a complete turn around. I’m really quite happy with how she turned out! I feel like I managed to hit her pretty much exactly how I was seeing her in my head, which is always good. Sorry that there are so many slight variations of the same outfit design at the bottom, I was just noodling on some details.
Let me know what you think, fellow tumblr peeps. What kind of character does Roan feel like when you look at her? What does it look like she could do? What sort of personality traits do you pick up from her? And, also, what do you think of how she looks :P
(I should point out I have no idea what posting option gives the best reply capabilities on tumblr, if anyone could enlighten me in some way, I’d greatly appreciate it :D)
Bleh. I originally intended to get far more done with this character today but things kept getting in the way, as is their wont.
Anyway, this is a couple of doodles of Cass, the protagonist of Overworld, and some scrappy development of Roan, one of the other main characters. Cass is the captain of the ship Jean works on. Roan is a girl who works on her dad’s Beacon Herding ship. Basically, since even the islands that exist in a doldrum (an area with little air movement) move around a certain area and are often obscured by clouds or nightfall, beacon herders take specially designed torches that can stay in one position and set up perimeters around islands so that sailors can navigate to them when conditions are less than ideal. She longs for freedom away from her responsibilities but her father’s fanatical sense of duty won’t allow it. She’s also likely to have some degree of magical power in the story, but I’m still ironing out the details of the magic system so that will have to wait :)