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October 15, 2006

Tellissian OC group picture

This is directly based off of a previous OekakiBBS drawing (it's the first image) which was in turn inspired by Yuu Watase. These are my Tellissian OCs: 

  • Blue haired girl: Marawe (design ancestor of Herrington)
  • Red haired girl in upper right corner: Ebak (design ancestor of Emily)
  • Girl with veil: Chauntelle
  • Red haired guy in lower right corner: Enci (design ancestor of Mr Cass)
  • Bottom middle: Steimei (I'm seeing lots of parallels between her and Princess)
  • Green haired guy: Kizus (who are you again)
  • Pink haired girl: Naoyo
  • Middle: Joaijihag - I reused assets from this picture.

The only character whose design has remained relatively unchanged is Naoyo. Everyone else here is essentially an ancient ancestor of their current incarnations, or I haven't drawn them in like 15 years.

This was done at the start of eighth grade. I was beginning my edgy middle schooler phase. Good times!

August 12, 2006

Champagne supernova

A colored artwork from the summer of 2006. I was heavily inspired by the art of Zeiva. I think it would be fun to revisit this someday.

August 5, 2006

Coloring Club Contest

According to the filename I submitted this for a contest. Let's see what I can remember. It's all coming back now... 

I was in a Deviantart group called the Color Me Club. The theme was summer memories and we would submit a lineart based on that. The winning entry would be used for part 2 of the contest, focused on coloring.

Obviously I did not win, but it was fun. I colored my lineart anyway. It's no masterpiece, but I love that lil crab creature.

Here is my coloring of the winning lineart entry. My mom protested the girl's lack of pants (hey, not my fault!), so she made me add a pattern to make her more decent. It ended up being a good idea, I like it.

July 26, 2006

Gaia Online commissions and art trades

God I miss middle school. Wait no I don't.

Don't think you're all that and a bag of potato chips!

I started taking commissions in 2006, in the form of Gaia Online currency. This was during the site's golden age before things went way south. Here's a link to a really great video by Red Bard documenting the site's history. 

Next: Art trades with fellow Deviants. 

My art trade partner told me to draw whatever. I don't remember a specific prompt. I drew my cat Nikki in the basket. Also, I do like the coloring in this one, especially on her hair.

Looking back at these pictures really makes me wonder where they are now. It's been a good seventeen years. 

Another "draw whatever you feel like" art trade. But this is by far one of my favorites. I wish all of my 2006 pictures looked this good. Yes, it has its mistakes, but I love the colors. I ended up saving this character as an OC, but have never since captured the magic of this original artwork.

Fullmeowtal Alchemist

Dude. I got 50 watchers on Deviantart now. I'm kind of a big deal.

Ed as seen through the eyes of a certain 13 year old fangirl

I was obsessed with Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 in middle school. This was peak middle school weebdom - drawing Ed as a kawaii cat boy, referring to everything by the Japanese version, omg, I'm so into Hagaren right now, Roy x Edo forever!

Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 was an absolute fever dream and looking back I can't believe it's real. But it is still one of the best anime series I've ever watched and I am biased to prefer it over Brotherhood. They made some really strange choices but I liked it, including the Shamballa movie. The final arc of 2003 made a tremendous impression on me. 

I especially loved how they incorporated Rose's character in the original anime series, and the dresses she wore. It is just very unfortunate what happened to her in 2003. This series was much darker than Brotherhood in my opinion. Very melodramatic, or deeply heartfelt, depending on who you ask.

I still sort of like this artwork, but my god, it is tacky. Why is she standing on a mirror? Where is she? What's with the clouds? Gotta love the overly prominent logo, in Japanese cuz I totally speak it. 

Even better is a WIP of above artwork, which is a total time capsule of the early 2000s. My favorite part is the Windows XP interface and the fact that I was currently logged into AIM. 

The obnoxious scribbling was a trend back then with the cool kids on early 2000s anime Deviantart, and I was desperate to be just like them. That would explain a lot of the tackiness of my art in 2006. I wanted to be like them but had no idea how, so I just did my best. It's a bittersweet feeling, looking back.

July 15, 2006

+ The d i v i n i t y +

This is the original title when I posted it on DA or at least similar. Back then it was a trend to spice up post titles to distract from lack of skill. I also used Deviantart Green for the backdrop. 

This artwork is of my Tellissian goddess character, Joaijihag. She has such a lovely name that rolls right off the tongue. I find myself shouting her name when I stub my toe.

I completed this artwork just as I was wrapping up seventh grade. I was so sure this would be a banger with the cool kids and end up on the front page of Deviantart. Oh, Mel!

Honestly, I still like this picture. It was fun to work on, and my mind was buzzing with ideas. I've always loved sparkly gemstones and ornate textures.

God I love these. They're such a snapshot of life back then. I obscured the thumbnail because I wanted to be mysterious and that is what the cool kids did when they posted WIPs. Also random Homestar Runner reference. Meh!

May 5, 2006

Parrot warrior girl

A lineart of a parrot girl. I never got around to coloring this for whatever reason. Might have to revisit this at some point because I like the idea behind it. Just imagine the colors!

March 26, 2006

A very shojo romance~

Marawe c. 2006

Enci Soro c. 2006

Marawe (now Herrington) and Enci (evolved into Mr Cass) used to be love interests, as well as the same age. The names are made up and not based on anything.

They're speaking a made-up language, Tellissian. It doesn't mean anything.

I love that this is supposed to be a sexy shirtless scene where he's all wet, the girl is blushing, etc. 

Now kiss!

Here was my attempt at drawing a romantic scene between them. There was never a plot or any context. Writing stories has always been difficult for me. Can you tell I read a lot of Yuu Watase?

March 1, 2006

Kenoko 2006

That watermark takes up so much space! Why!!!

A detailed artwork of my magical cat angel OC, Kenoko. I was getting more confident with Photoshop. I was in a bit of a slump and my artworks looked stiff and overworked. Interestingly her design has not changed that much since then. Hopefully my anatomy looks a little better now at least! Do you think those shoes are comfortable?

I don't care much for this picture but I do think it makes a fun set piece - I like the floating bricks with patterns on it and the shooting star. This might be fun to revisit someday.

Thank you, 13-year-old Mel, for saving the lineart!