needed an icon that i’d put a little more effort into
even when i feel like crap and everyone i draw is sad river is still happy considers this in hindsight
it has to do with race (there are parallels drawn between the races in the story and groups of people that exist in real life; a typical narrative trope) in the story they’re in. first i thought it would be best to make them an oni, then i talked to jo and i changed my mind that a dog would be best. i don’t want to explain entirely why because of spoilers, but that’s the gist of the reason.
there’s actually a ton of added dynamism that wouldn’t have otherwise existed in the plot because of it. also dogs are cute. dogs are so cute.
i redid the doodle from yesterday because it was killing me how bad it was (i suck hardcore with brush pens lmfao oh well). then i did a bunch of other stuff because 1) dogs are fucking cute 2) and fun to draw
other changes: aelis is human, fern is an oni (these might not be the only changes i still have a lot to think about)
THANK U FOR KIND WORDS ABOUT DOG RIVER ♥
okay y’all are going to be REALLY exasperated with me, i am fully aware of how boggling it must be to not be in on the context or reasoning for the major game changing amendments i’m making to my characters and story but just hear me out on this one okay
I KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS AND HOW IT LOOKS BUT TRUST ME
i talked to jo for like an hour about the plot of fireflies and we came to the STUNNINGLY PERFECT CONCLUSION that river should be a dog. (bless his heart btw he makes my crap so much better. jo helps me fill in soooo many plotholes i can’t thank him enough).
there are other changes too that aren’t as obvious because they didn’t happen to the single most important protagonist but they have happened as well and [gestures vaguely]
it will all become clear in time i promise. i’m getting really close to tying up all the loose ends. I WANT TO DRAW THIS, AND I WANT TO START SOON. IT’S HAPPENING
river looks like a fucking hobbit in this style.
i forgot their flipping cheek spots but i don’t give a crap. the colors are all flip flopped on purpose.
a multitude of shitty doodles.
also: i am thinking of permanently giving river two eyes and calling them an oni for a couple of reasons (their physical appearance otherwise would not change), the foremost of which is that cyclopes in this universe/setting are the racial equivalent of white people w/r/t privilege and oppressive power over other races. river was a character made independently from, and BEFORE the setting i put them into, so like retrospectively in the grand context of the story it doesn’t make sense for them to be a cyclops unless i wanted to write a white savior story which i???? don’t want to do. i am retroactively trying to fix these glaring mistakes i’ve made in the plot and one of the more unfortunate ones is that i have to change the main character’s race to better reflect what i’m trying to get across.
the second reason is that river is fucking hard to draw. i don’t have this problem with any other cyclops character of mine, it just seems to be RIVER who gives me endless headache on top of headache when i’m trying to draw them. i mean for god’s sake look at the consistency between every time i draw them and it’s REALLY FRICKIN OBVIOUS that i struggle. i’m really tired of struggling, i just want to start drawing this stinking comic without having to go back and fuck around with things to make it easier on myself. like, i barely ever draw forrest but that’s because forrest is ridiculously easy to draw. i could draw him all day long and never get tired of it because HE’S THAT EASY.
this is not a thing i am asking for opinions on either, i would just like to kind of put it out there for the few who might care.
i wanted to draw some chubby rivers just to see how it felt (I LIKE IT A LOT HOOHOO)
the third pose is kind of silly but yeah dynamism
7 likes to invent gifts for River every year on their birthday. on their 13th birthday, 7 gave them a balloon harness. they ended up stuck in a tree for four hours and the fire department had to get them down.