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Redesigned Fire Curses by jameson9101322 Redesigned Fire Curses by jameson9101322
So I'm on a writing retreat which hasn't been as much about writing as I planned but it's okay because I'm spending time with my sister instead and that's always good.

One thing she helped me with tonight was redesigning my Fire Curses. It dawned on me as I was revising that it made no sense for Fire Curses to have hair. The thought crossed my mind before, but I dismissed it because I really liked Aiden's stringy black mane in his eyes. I conceded when I changed it to ash gray like maybe the hair was gathering ashes or something? It made fringe sense - but fringe is not what I'm operating with now a days.

so I decided to change it to baldness. Fire Curses are turning to fire from the inside out - greasy hair would just immolate anyway if it could stay rooted at all. It made a lot more sense for the hair (and skin it's attached to) to be just as patchy and burned as the rest of them... so now we have this.

On the left is the new Aiden, the same cranky emo I've come to love only now with an eminem hoodie to top it off. He starts off looking more like the lower left with patchy skin and a gray scarf, then travels through the middle and the top as we adventure. By the end he's more scraped and scores an actually honest-to-goodness hoodie which he wears until the end.

On the right is Ildri. I don't draw her as much but she's very important. She's Aiden's girlfriend and travels along with us. She used to have her hair back in a ponytail so to keep the same spirit I tied her scarf so it looked similar. The bottom right is her with it off to give you an idea about what they would look like without their scarves. Aiden has patchy hair too... there are exactly four strands sticking out the front to keep that hair-in-the-face design I've come to associate with him.

So what do you all think? Do you like this design more than the previous? Any kinda suggestions or questions you have? I love talking about #Threadcaster so don't be shy.

I'll scrap it in a bit probably.
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:iconbrookeechan:
brookeechan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
is it gonna be a comic or a book either way i wanna read it
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's a novel... hopefully heading to shelves
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:iconbrookeechan:
brookeechan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
really!? aw...i want money so i can buy it :'( sucks to be poor dude
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, you've got time
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:iconbrookeechan:
brookeechan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
lol do you know when its coming out?
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've just started the process of getting it out there, I have no idea if it's going to be published by a big house, a small house or my house! It will be out though, even if it's only as an ebook
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brookeechan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
...if maybe i ever get some money and it is turned inot an actual book book maybe i could mail you the cash and you could mail me the book someday?
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Maybe!
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Opal95 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
You know a story is good when even the character design gets you excited. Very smart, very haunting, too--love it, Jame <3 <3
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
This story must be good because I get excited over the stupidest stuff ^^
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aris-15 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student Writer
I love the idea! I really have to look into this Threadcaster book, you've peaked my interest.
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Please do! I've got a twitter and a blog and a facebook and a DA group and everything! There's lots of opportunities to find out more! (not to mention I'm that author and I'm easily excitable)
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aris-15 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student Writer
(I can tell your easily excitable!) From what I've found so far, I love it! I'm going to have to buy this book whenever it comes out! It sounds just too cool to pass up!
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm working my hardest to make that possible.
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Suki-kitty Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Naaaw, I like the scarf idea. It doesn't look bad and makes a lot of sense. :) And you get that whole shadowed-eyes look going on with Aiden.
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah I needed to preserve his "peering out from beneath a ledge of angst" posture somehow.
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Allantsuki Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's pretty interesting, I'd like to see and read more about it :)
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princessarien Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Still looks cool, and it probably does make more sense having little/no hair. You did a good job :D
I think Aiden looks better with a hood/cowl than with a scarf though, and it just seems a better fit for him, his looks, and what little I've gleaned of his personality.
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IngwellRitter Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work :)
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Shrineheart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE this design. Much more traumatic seeming.
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love!?! Awesome!
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Shrineheart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, love. The design looks gorgeous.
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ATX1 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Artist
I really like both of their designs, and with your explanation it makes a lot of sense and seems pretty cool.
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great, I'm glad to hear it!
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BearMaster9013 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aiden is a master of displaying his emotions. :icontrollfaceplz:
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jameson9101322 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
He's an angry little fire man.
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BearMaster9013 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol :P very good job! ^u^
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