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09 January 2007 @ 03:35 am
Lorelei Redesign  
During my time off, I've had time to think about BT and how it's progressing, and characters.. and how characters could be tweeked a little.

This is something I've actually thought about since the last time I changed her markings (Which I wrote into the story). I'm not going to do that this time, this is relatively minor as well. I've never liked the way Lore's feet and hands have looked. They're not very true to the nature of a grey fox. Even with her mask, and her stripes, she incorporates the basics of the grey fox (Even if she does have extremely unusual markings for a grey fox). Her hands and feet, not very Urocyon to me.

I mean, taking a look at some RL Grey Foxes. You can see that they don't have fully white paws like I gave Lore. Usually it's that standard motled color between the reddish brown and the grey/white. Of course I don't put the mottling in Lore's design, that would just kill me trying to make the comic, so I dumb down her colors to the basics (Auburn, Gray, White and Black).

Originally, like other Grey Foxes, I was going to make her paws more brown, by spreading the brown up her paws and then putting white on the tips and the underside. The color brown I Picked for her, though, is very contrasting, and it just didn't look right to me. So I switched and tried black. Trivia: Lore's mask is supposed to be black, I color it dark gray because my eyes don't like pure blacks and it fucks me up when I try to color things, especially for the comic. So anyway, I Took the "Black" of Lore's mask and applied it to the paws.

It's pretty minor. I mean, it's very noticable to me. Some of the people I've shown it to haven't been able to tell a difference (They don't really pay much attention to BT though). I'm not going to explain this one away in the comic, I'm going to pretend that her markings were always like this. And I'm probably going to go back through the comic and replace her old markings with these. (Yes, through all 850+ pages).

The result:

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I might play around with the idea a bit more later on.
Kimfellwolf on January 9th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
So glad you explained this- it would be the kind of thing where I'd notice a difference, but not be able to work out what.
And you just know by the time I thought to check older comics, they'd have been recoloured :P
Jakkaljakkal on January 9th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
If I go through with this, I intend to post it on BT before I start updating again, just to make sure people know why her colors suddenly changed. I'd expect to get a lot of "Uhm, you messed up Lore's colors..." emails, as well as conspiracy theorists that would think her colors had something to do with a magical messup (Which would be true for the story, but not this particular case).
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