Last Update: April 21, 2014
Final redesign! Which is essentially like.. her third version. With the mostly minor changes!Huli means "fox" in Chinese/Mandarin.
Sometimes it's hard to find a direct translation for words in other languages so as for this definition of "Ming", I can't say I have a solid one :/ Something along the lines of being noisy or something.. I think.
Then again my mandarin is super limited OTL and I probably don't know as much as I should (oopsies)Fun fact! I did the lineart traditionally (excluding little additional stuff and side doodles) with a pen and was essentially both the sketch and finished product (so there are a few anatomical no-nos :c! Butttt, if you wanna see the original it is right here >:'D instagram.com/p/nD7gxWqlzt/ I post some of my random traditional pictures on there that don't go into my main gallery... so follow me in Instagram if you wanna see more! Her previous name (as most of you who knew this character before her update would know) was Crane.
Which fit with the random bottled paper crane I had on her since the beginning that had a little back-story that.. never got developed enough to stick. So I ditched the concept and just reinvented most of her back-story in general.Important Facts:
- Her bamboo stick doesn't magically have immortal leaves--it's state is sustained by the "spiritual" energy/life force from the spirit residing in the lantern she carries on the stick. There is a back-story to this that ties into the element-based sorcery theme from that (annoyingly) mentioned (several times) comic project that's due in about a decade.
Needless to say,
it might've been an excuse to keep those pretty leaves
when she is not with her lantern and stick, the lantern resides in a small shrine.
- The fire in her lantern isn't a literal flame. It's more of a spirit residing in the lantern and taking the form of fire. It never dies out.
- She was adopted by an old couple (their children also still live in the same household). They live in the middle of a dense (bamboo) forest and are pretty close to the local shrine for a dragon deity. A very down-to-earth family, they took in the fox kit along with her peculiar facial "birthmark" (actually a "meridi"/magic marking) and lantern-- they named her (Ming) Huli for she kept crying. She was raised as the family pet.
- The grandfather is a spiritual man who sensed something about that lantern that compelled him to build a small wooden shrine for it. He believes it is a sign of good fortune that Huli came to them. (What they don't know is that she isn't from Earth and that is the reason she cannot use her abilities.. detailed excluded
- Huli can be seen wearing a bag as well (not pictured here--but will update when I get around to redesigning it) used to carry mandarin oranges when the kids go orange-picking or just to transport them as snacks.
- She wears her bamboo hat sometimes when travelling with the family. Mostly to shadow the peculiar marking on her cheek.
- She is actually later the mate of another fox character of mine, Kite. But exactly how they meet is.. secret!
- Anything else is either excluded or has not yet been written/developed!
She was first created on April 29, 2012 when I was sitting on a boulder outside the school right before the quarterly 2-week break was about to start!
Do not question my uncanny memory when it comes to random facts. It just is...
DRAW ON and KEEP CREATING!
Art © Capukat/Celine Chandra Character © Capukat/Celine ChandraTablet: Wacom Intuos Pro Medium PTH651 Program[s]: Paint Tool SAI= Total Time: 3 hours (more or less.. half of it was probably dedicated to side doodles and text)
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