I often want to develop my characters, but also to practice and improve my skills. I'm also always wanting to do video or animation projects. So, I'm often torn, plus I have life responsibilities...
I could've gone in 2 different directions, especially since I'd been wanting to work on some stuff for Djehkäujaa, and I was researching, and finding a lot of Mongolian stuff, since I have a whole part of my story which is very Mongolian inspired...
I don't know about you, but Mongolian things, cultural stuff, etc., including Mongolia its self (since I went there and almost died there from streptococcus in May 2008, but our family there were multi-skilled doctors) always felt, or seemed to be very odd and strange, yet so fascinating in its weirdness.
To me, it felt that way because it's so different from my own culture, but I found them to be even far different than the wide variety of cultural anything and everything in China. I can't even put it into words.
Mongolia and Mongolians themselves can be everything from frightening, rugged, harsh, scary, and can sometimes seem to behave in ways that make no sense to me, or over react to things that I can't understand... but, on their softer and sweeter sides they can be so sweet, gentle, kind, and in ways unheard of, and never thought of in my culture. The music is so beautiful, and the dancing and dancers have a kind of passion that's very rare, I honestly think the Russians got much of their cultural dances from Mongolian ones. Tibet also looks like a rip-off of most Mongolian anything and everything... at least, it would seem that way to me. *shrugs* The food is very different, and I was very fascinated at how much dairy and beef was available. They also eat a lot of cheeses and yogurt products.
But, despite some of the most beautiful anything, and everything, and how much pride they can and do have in it, at the same time they often feel like: Whatever... How cares? This is just so strange for me... But, I've seen similar things in the rest of China.
Among some of the sweeter things they do, which would seem odd to non-Mongolians is that many Mongolians are very astrology-centric and do nothing without consulting the stars. And, when the mood strikes people, they will suddenly grab a musical instrument to play music... but, not for the other people. No. they will play music for the camels, the cows, the horses, the cats, or the birds. To outsiders this might seem silly, or stupid, but it was rather sweet, and touching. It's also quite serious.
People often had friendships with wild animals, like wild birds.
Mongolian people come in all sizes, and many skin tones, including ones I had never seen in my life. Some Mongolians have such white skin that they had a blue undertone. Other Mongolians could be bright pink or red, and even the family's relatives whom were direct Han Chinese blood cousins from the father's family, could have very brown skin, or be incredibly tall. It was also the only time I was discriminated against for being white Caucasian in one of the hotels we went to, and was kicked out for not being Sino Asian.
I also found that most people spoke standard Han Chinese (Mandarin). But, on the other side of Mongolia many people spoke Russian, because Russia stole half of Mongolia in a power grab with some treaties. I never understand these things...
Anyways, despite all the new stuff I found on the internet this month, since I often find Mongolians rarely post anything online in English, and I'm often lost and confused about all of it... i almost tried to do some Mongolian inspired stuff... since my story, which isn't actually the same world as ours has a major section about Djehkäujaa when she changes to humanoid form... I'm hoping to keep that strange oddness of Mongolia still in that part, but I will have it be NOT Mongolian, because all things Mongolian are nebulous, and I would probably screw it up, or offend somebody... so, I would rather do something somewhat inspired by Mongolia instead. I won't name the place... or, maybe I will... but, call it something else... and as i was trying to say, i didn't do ANYTHING Mongolian inspired, even tho' I did a good chunk of research, and gathered photos online...
Instead, I abruptly went into a different direction, and I was really feeling it also...
I wanted to practice drawing human figures, especially male, but it mostly ended up being head practice:
I had already doodled some stuff with some of the interaction of Lively and 敖兴涛 Ao Xingtao, which was mostly good... but, actually he doesn't start off very good with her, and he's actually pretty scary and frightening at first.
Xingtao is often very impulsive, impetuous, an brash at first... and scary... But, he will calm down much later on... he also, will not always be there...
I just haven't really settled on his final design or look yet... when he's first in the story, he will have shorter hair, and he will have several hair style changes after that.
As he gets older, he will actually go from one spectrum of being (hot) impulsive and lack of self control to completely overly strict and stoic at times, or rigid, and even seem ice cold, but he thinks he's being cultivated, and refined... or zen...
I want him to have the long face skull shape, and sharper masculine lines and structures to his face. I want him to be very handsome, and his skin tone will change, like more tanned in summer, and paler in winter. he's also very intelligent, but he often makes bad choices or decisions, and doesn't always know how to cope with some things, yet can pull off many other things beyond anyone else. He doesn't always know what he wants, except for when he really wants something he will often go for it, but he will also self sabotage it. When he's younger he doesn't think anything through, or thinks about it in the wrong ways, but when he;s older he will over think things, often in extremes. He can blow hot or cold, or his neutrals are so neutral it's as tho' he's a machine.
He also has trouble remembering his past before he came to the setting where Lively is, and was actually someone else before. But, he can't remember it.
His original purpose in coming to the area where Lively is, was to make himself more humble, and to live a seemingly normal life... but, he went full on, and began to really live it up, fast cars, fun times, and getting into trouble, so he had to start over again, and that was how he ended up working at the place Lively eventually worked at. When he leaves, he will go through it again, and then he will flip and go the other direction and become conservative, when before he often viewed Lively as outwardly prudish, he will double down and become strict for a while.
That will not last long for too long, and they will both cross paths again, and be associated again, and eventually he will become overcome with his feelings for her, and try to go about it a better way.
I think of all the male characters these 2 will have the most sexiest & hottest interactions, but also some of the most screwed up.
As smart and strong as he can be, actually Lively & Djehkäujaa are much stronger persons/characters, and when they go to confront and deal with the main antagonist towards the end, he will also want to help out, and step up. But, he will fall short by accident. he gets points for trying because he really DOES want to have Lively in his life, and do right by her, and has matured a lot. But, the female characters will be the actual victors.
Djehkäujaa will have no romantic story at all as a humanoid. She's completely celibate because she isn't attracted to human beings. She's a dragon. And she's VERY vocal about it. She does not want to be a human, but she's stuck as a humanoid due to her own folly.
But, to everyone else she;s incredibly desirable, and attractive. As a humanoid form, she does become quite enamored with human things like shoes, and fashion, and she uses her voice to support herself within that world.
Djehkäujaa cares very deeply for the environment, the planet, nature, and inspired Lively to be environmental like her. Djehkäujaa's vocal talents with music mesh very well with Lively, and they bond over all beautiful things including arts, dance, music, and beautifying the world.
Lively is working on a project The Gardens of The Future which combines permaculture design techniques and technology with clean energy, and rebuilding the infrastructures for the future generations.
Lively also goes through several hard experiences of bad relationships, being unappreciated, overlooked, and eventually her project will become in jeopardy from the main villain.
I'm still trying to design some catsuits for Lively.
There will be a lot of musical parts to this, and I will also experiment with story telling styles.
I will completely break a lot of rules on purpose for this.
There will also be mature sexy content.
Djehkäujaa will actually eventually become a dragon again!
But, there's a MAJOR twist.
And Ao Xingtao will also have total recall of his former self.
Xingtao will also find Djehkäujaa both familiar somehow, but not know why, and he will also find her very attractive. But, they will not ever hook-up.
Djehkäujaa does not have human urges for intimacy because she is not actually human. She longs to return to the sky, and to do right by her past mistakes and become a dragon again which she had taken for granted.
But, in the process of humbling herself, and as the dragons would call it "learning a lesson" she actually learns far more than she was supposed to, because they were so rigid and strict, and when she finally can become a dragon again, which was intended to get her to let go of her willfulness, it completely backfires and she see through to the actual truth of everything. She sees through the preconceived ideas. She surpasses the elders, whom wee expecting her to return back and fulfill a duty since she has a talented singing ability which is valued by them, and wanted her to fulfill that duty as a job or occupational position...
Once she finally gets what she wants (being a dragon again) she realizes she wants to help Lively defeat the antagonist(s) because she cares deeply about the planet and the environment, which the dragons also do, but they are staunch isolationists.
She becomes far more powerful, and completely independent, and embraces her full on freedom and defies the entire tribe.
Xingtao also remembers whom he originally was, and defies his own family groups, to help Lively also. He will have amassed a lot of knowledge, and skills also and sorted out his own problems and ideologies.
Lively, however, has pretty much lost everything, especially everything that mattered to her, pretty much everyone that mattered to her, and everything she deserved, not just due to the min antagonist, but also those close to her. They only thing left is to try and save the project she worked so hard on: The Gardens Of The Future. This is a huge contrast to the beginning of the story which seems mostly all lovely, and just peachy keen, and hopeful... the ending is dire, and often upsetting, but also revealing, and shocking. Lots of twists...
But, Xingtao will eventually end up with her, and he will reveal his secrets to her.
And, the nation will finally finish the new infrastructures to do away with old transportation and highways, and people will live cleaner greener lives. Food production will change, and the beginning of the new Renaissance will start. Robotics and robots will take up all the tedious labor, and everyone will be free to pursue meaningful lives in arts, sciences, educations, creativity, and many other things. People will use money or currency for things that are meaningful to them rather than wasteful consumerism, and basic needs will have a high standard of living, and food will be mostly free except for rare items. There will still be a free market, but it will be regulated, and fair. And, nature will be permanently protected. And, all of the other nations follow the examples.
Anyways, i still need to improve my sketching anatomy skills, and practice a lot more.