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My 'Tirzah' Characters by Kelaiah My 'Tirzah' Characters by Kelaiah
If anyone cares to remember, I posted artwork of some of my characters from my original story, "A Land Called Tirzah." And BOY were those pictures hideous. Hideous and dull and... ugh, the list just goes on and on.

But that's the whole point about practice, so you can get better, and boy do I like these pictures a whole lot better. :XD::laughing:

So anyway, as you can see, I have re-done four of my characters, and have posted them so you can either express a comment or critique or what have you. :)

Fun fact: the style of their clothing was actually inspired by some of the clothing in "Kung Fu Panda - Legends of Awesomeness."

And now a summary on each character:

Elihu

Originally, I had Elihu as half-rat, half-mouse, until finally I realized how stupid that was and just made him a full-blooded mouse (figuring that would turn out to be much more interesting in the long-run). He is actually the first one of my characters that I did a redo on, and I was quite pleased with how he came out.

His appearance (or rather, his wardrobe) was mostly inspired by Peng the snow leopard, a character from the Kung Fu Panda TV series. Making his paws bare was partially inspired by "Ratouille", and the shape of his legs was inspired by looking at artwork that other artists around here have done (such as :iconkobb:, thanks Kobb! :D:D:D).

Elihu is pretty much a traditional main character for the genre I have in mind: he's a foundling who grows up to be a warrior-wanna-be. Hopefully I'll be able to make him tolerable if not enjoyable as he goes on his journey.

Unlike other young aspiriring warriors that I've read about, Elihu has been trained all his life to wield a sword and fire an arrow, plus he realizes that a warring life is hardly glamorous. He takes his goal pretty seriously, but is painfully aware that despite his training, he is still un-tried.

Zeriah

All stories need a warrior-chick, and for my story, it's Zeriah who takes on this role.

Her appearance, as well as much of her personality, is very much inspired by Tigress from Kung Fu Panda, but both characters are, I think, very different, aside from the fact that one is a tiger and the other is a ferret.

Originally I intended Zeriah to be a mysterious warriormaid with unknown intentions on why she's here in Tirzah, but then realized that was actually pretty boring, and gave her little substance. So I gave her a bit of a new background and was rather pleased with the results.

Zeriah, like Elihu, has been trained in weaponry. However, unlike Elihu, Zeriah didn't grow up in the peaceful land of Tirzah, but rather in a much more dangerous climate. The belt on her arm, her wrist bands, and the scarf on her tail all cover rather hideous scars that she has sustained in training... and in actual battles.

Technically speaking, though, Zeriah is not a warrior, but a bodyguard. Who is she guarding, may you ask? I won't tell you just yet. ;):evillaugh:

Asahel

Elihu's childhood best friend and an asiring messenger, Asahel is the book's comic relief, as well as the fastest runner in all of Tirzah.

Asahel's new look is actually the one I'm not entirely satisified with, though I do like how he's in a more flambouant pose. Plus I like the idea of him wearing a cap with a feather (kinda stolen from Gonff, but then again, the book never said that Gonff wore a hat to begin with! Hah hah! :XD::giggle::)).

Asahel is also one of the more fun characters to write about, since I get to be random and silly with him. Plus I enjoy the fact that he has quite the crush on Zeriah, but she's put off by his constant cheerfulness and holds him at arm's length - with her paw in a fist. :giggle:

Tamar

Out of all my characters, Tamar's look has had the least changes, although I think she looks way more mouse-like here than in previous pictures I've done of her. Plus I'm pleased with how she came out in this drawing: she has soft features and great big eyes like Rapunzel, but she's not necessarily what you'd call "pretty." I wanted her to be more on the "plain" side, and I think I pulled that off. :)

Tamar has always been my designated leading lady, being the potential love interest for Elihu, although nothing is supposed to happen between them at first (mostly because of the age difference between them; Elihu is 17 and Tamar is 13). But in the later books, who knows what might happen: They might end up like Matthias and Cornflower; or they might end up like Song and Dann; or they might end up like Martin and Rose. Hard to say...

Welp, anyway, that's all I have for now. Hopefully maybe someday I'll draw pictures of my other characters, which might help me get back to working on my story. :D:D:D

Thank you all, and God bless! :D:D:D:)
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ShadowLegionnaire Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Writer
Cute characters :D
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thank you. :)
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ShadowLegionnaire Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome :D
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Kobb Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
...Aah crud, thought my first comment got eaten. Sorry for the double (now triple) post. :B
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
:laughing: Hahaha, that's alright, thank you for your comments and critiques. :) Although I'm not too certain how their skulls look a little 'lumpy', I do appreciate that you gave a critique anyway. :)

And thanks for making a specific compliment to Asahel (so far he seems to be the most popular of all so far :XD::giggle:), although I you misspelled his name twice: "Ashael" and "Asrael". ;):giggle: Haha, that's okay, I realize he doesn't have the simplest name, and for awhile I've been contemplating giving him a new name, but so far haven't been able to think of one. :)

But thanks again, I really appreciate you taking the time to gander over my artwork, that's really awesome of you. Thank you. :D:D:D:)
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Kobb Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Haha whoops, skimmed over the name a bit too fast both times - that's all my fault X)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Heh heh, its okay. :)
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Kobb Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
These are looking pretty nice! Some nice energetic poses you have going here, and Asrael especially seems like a fun fellow.

I think my main criticism boils down to the heads on these guys - think you might be going a little too far with realistic skull detail. It makes the characters' heads look a little lumpy while the rest of them are cartoony and streamlined - especially on your ladies. This is a problem I fight with a lot myself - letting anatomical detail get in the way of appealing shapes.

It's a pretty small quibble, though. I like how the costumes are looking, and there's some personality showing for sure. c:
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Kobb Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Looking good - I like the energetic poses you have going on here! Ashael especially seems like a fun fellow.

My main criticism, I think, boils down to the head shapes. I think they could be streamlined a little bit, especially on the females. I think I can see you trying to define skull anatomy in there (looks like that's the cheekbone you're bringing out back there?) but the rest of the design style is cartoony enough that I think it's a touch too realistic. This is a problem I have a lot - letting anatomical structure take precedence over appealing shapes.

Overall, a small quibble though. I like their costumes, and some personality is definitely showing. Keep it up!
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TrentVermin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work. :) I like the fox, he seems jovial. :XD:
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Thank you! :D:D:D Heehee, thanks, yeah, that's what I was hoping for. :)
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TrentVermin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, well that's good then. :)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Yep. :)
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av-marten Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
I remember these guys! I love their new looks, especially Zeriah and Asahel.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
:D:D:D Thank you! Heh heh, yeah, their new looks are soooooo much better, :rofl:. I'm glad you like Zeriah and Asahel, though. :D:D:D
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av-marten Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I always liked Zeriah, though. I just have a thing for the tough warrior gals. Plus I'm glad you took the u out of it, it's easier to pronounce now.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Haha, yeah. One thing I'm hoping to develop is her friendship with Tamar. I'm hoping that the results will surprise me (in a good way), because they are, after all, two very different females. :giggle::)

And heh, yeah... in a way, it was kind've like with Hermione's name, except there was a whole big to-do about how to pronounce her name, both among fans and even in the books ("Hermy-own", "Herm-own-ninny", "Hermy"), and I guess it'd be better to just skip that with poor Zeriah. :giggle::)
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av-marten Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I love odd friendships between completely different people who by rights should have nothing to do with each other! Those are my favorite kind of friendships!

I privately pronounced it zair-oo-eye-ah, which I always found to be a mouthful.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Yaay, cool! :D:D:D Then you'll end up liking their friendship too. :)

I pronounced it zer-roo-ee-ah. :giggle: But oh well, its Zeriah now. :):):)
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av-marten Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Oh, whenever I see "iah" on anything, with the h at the end, I use the long 'i' sound. I don't know if that's correct, that's just what I do.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
:giggle: Well, I don't know either. So whatever. :laughing::)
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Oreramar Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm not sure what to critique! XD

I know I love the poses, and the colors, and how consistent your style is. As for Asahel's 'look,' I guess you sort of debate what's practical for a runner as well as appealing to the fox' personality. Loose pants for maximum range of movement = practical. Open vest and feathered cap = personality, I assume. He does dress himself after all.

Got to say that the red fox / green clothes combination, while striking, does carry a few Disney Robin Hood vibes, particularly with the red feather. What do you think of other colors thrown into his outfit? Blue would look nice on him, I think...

I like how Zeriah's little accessories actually hide scars. It's sort of halfway between practicality and concern over personal appearance, and helps push her character a bit beyond the flat "warrior chick" archetype by mixing in at least a touch of vanity.

As for future drawings, try to work in any packs, bags, purses, or weaponry that they might carry at any given time. If Asahel makes it to some messenger work, he might have to learn to run with some kind of small pack for written messages or something like that. Also, is there any sort of 'uniform' for any group or faction they might belong to/join in the course of the story? Design those too.

Happy arting, Kel!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Alright, thank you! Thank you so much! Not just for commenting and critiqueing, but also for pointing out little details and/or obersavations. Those are really helpful and awesome, thank you very much. :D:D:D:)

Haha, yeah, I suppose you're right where Robin Hood is concerned... though, blue... hmmm... that's something to think about. Thaaanks! :D:D:D:)

Haha, I wasn't thinking of vanity when I drew those things, but I like that you pointed that out. It gives me more to think about Zeriah's character, thanks! :):D:):D:):D:)

Yeah, I will add in packs and weaponry and such in future drawings. :) I did consider adding in those stuff at first, but then decided to draw them first without any accessories so people would just comment on their looks and clothes. But those definately are some things to think about with Asahel. I might have there be a uniform of some sort, thank you so much! :D:):D:):D:):D:)

Haha, thanks a lot again, and you too! :D:D:D:)
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hawleym Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
That right there is the making of a style , dont lose that , refine it and make it your own ^^
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Aww, thank you! Thank you so much! :D:D:D And thanks for the fav, too. :):):):D:D:D:):):):D:D:D:)
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Chelonianmobile Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, they look awesome! And I do like the idea of a character who's actually been trained as a fighter, that's far too rare - still hoping he gets more than he bargained for, it's more fun that way :) Their interactions sound interesting, nice balance of conflicts and compromises. I'd love to see this story!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Yaay, thank you! Thank you so much! :D:D:D:iconfurryglompplz: I really appreciate you taking the time to comment, and thanks for the extra idea about Elihu, that's very helpful. :):):) I hope I manage to finish it soon. :):):) Thanks again. :)
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Donniesgirl Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Heeheehee, thank you! :D:D:D:) Any critique or special comments or anything? :)
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Donniesgirl Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Special comments: I like each of their personalities and character designs, it really balances them out...I love how you've got a ferret and fox as good guys...makes me happy to see that!

Also: I vote for a MatthiasxCornflower type romance. Don't you DARE whip out a MartinxRose thing...my heart vant take those doomed-to-die-romances!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thank you very much, and yeah, I just *had* to have a fox and ferret who were good guys, because in real life, foxes and ferrets are such sweet, cute, adorable little quirks: [link] (this vid was one of the many inspirations for Asahel)

And as Elihu and Tamar's romance... I shan't say what I have in store. ;):evillaugh::giggle::):):)
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Donniesgirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I am so glad that you did :) They need some glory light. :)

Aww! Cute vid :D

RAWR!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have it be a good romance!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Yep. There's just gotta be more fox-heroes and ferret-heroes in the world. ;):giggle::)

Heehee, yep, it is! :D:D:D:iconfurrydanceplz:

Actually, the ages of Elihu and Tamar are based off my grandparents: my grandpa was 20 when he first met my grandma, who was 16. He was out cruising with a friend, and she was with a friend of her own, waiting at a bus stop to go to a movie. The guys drove by, waved at the girls, who waved back, and parked their car.

They then came over and invited them to have some coffee with them. The girls accepted, and sat in a booth with my grandpa sitting diagonally from my grandma. And he couldn't stop looking at her; he just went on stirring his coffee, making it slosh out all over the place. :laughing:

They started dating, and he proposed, though she laughed because she thought he was joking. A year later, he proposed again, and she said yes. A mere 2 weeks after she graduated from school, they got married (she was 18, he was 22). A year later, they had their first child (my mom), followed by 8 more children. They were married for 45 years before my grandpa died of a brain tumor. That was 10 or 11 years ago. Matter of fact, it was the very year before 9/11... in fact, my grandpa actually died on September 11. Kinda creepy coincidence, huh?
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Donniesgirl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! What a sweet and romantic story!!!! How wonderful!

Oh my. That is a bit creepy, yes.

Nontheless it still proves that love exsists!!!!!!!
(after tons of rejections I've been wondering if marriage is ever in my future)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
:) Heh, yeah, it is. :)

Yeah. :nod:

But yes, that's true. :):):)

And don't worry about it; if you're meant to get married, then the right guy will come along in his own good time. :)
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Lycaenion-Scribbles Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
You know, I was wondering only a few days ago if you were still working on this project! Nice revamp from what I can tell.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Heehee, thank you! :D:D:D:) And heh, nice to hear from you again. :):):) Actually, the movies "Kung Fu Panda" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" have been a real help with inspiring me on how to better my story. :)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty cool-looking characters there! :)
They all have Biblical names too? Nice!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you! :D:D:D:)

Yep, thanks; they're all named after a specific Biblical character as well: Elihu is named after the youngest (and wisest) of Job's friends, although in some translations King David has a brother named Elihu; Zeriah is named after Zeruiah, King David's sister, whose sons were very fierce warriors and were known as "the sons of Zeruiah"; Asahel is named after, ironically, one of the sons of Zeruiah, who was a very fast runner - but it proved to be his downfall; and Tamar is named after King David's daughter, who despite being a princess was willing and ready to serve and wait on the sick and weak.
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, nice! You've done the research, eh? There's a couple of people there that I'd not even heard of, like David's sister! ;)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Thank you. :) Haha, yeah... Oh yeah, David had two sisters (Zeruiah and Abigail), although they could have been half sisters of his.
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember Abigail. ;)
Funny, I don't remember whether you told me you were Christian too?
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
:)

I don't think I did. But I am. :):):)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :hug:
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
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