Didn't want to submit this right away and wanted to wait and finish the rest of the pages for this scene (which are mostly inked and need to be screentoned and such) but I submitted the first page to hear everyones opinion.
It is my first try of making comic pages like this, it's not really out there yet but I will try to do better starting of the next scene of this chapter.
The comic will explain Aya's first arrival at Mugen-High but this first scene is a bit random, it was meant to show a bit of Aya's usual day in her "normal" life.
This comic in general exists for me to practice my skills of making comics and trying out new stuff I am not yet used to.
Hopefully I finish the rest of the pages for this scene soon.
Any more tips that can help me are very welcome!
PS: Pages in Serbian will be posted here: PSS: You read this LEFT to RIGHT
EDIT 6.7.2014: Updating whole look in general, changing information about Aya's personality and adding more forms and information about Suna. I felt free to change her personality as she didn't had much interaction with any students so far so not much difference will that make.
Good with a pencil, not bad with simple cooking, knows basic kick-boxing.
-Home world and time:
Earth (one of many different universes of it), present time (21st century)
-Weapon (if any), magical items, or pets:
Ayas use of weaponry purely depends on her ability (which will be explained bellow). Generally she is currently not too skilled but will learn to use different kinds and types of weaponry in order to advance in her ability as well. Practice makes perfect! Similar info related to the magical item usage.
Here current and only weapon she can always rely on is Chinese spear blade Guandao formed out of her Dream creature (and a protector), Suna. The Guandao doesn't look too different from normal one www.chinatown-shop.com/images/… there might be just a bit of difference in spear's length (longer), the shape of the blade is unique and there are two sheets of cloth sprouting/tied at the top. The blade is fairly sharp and sometimes if cutting flash can leave a burning sensation.
More info about Suna bellow
Aya was born with ability so see spirits/souls (from still living creatures/people) or ghost (dead creatures/people). Though her vision is not very good she is able to see magical and spiritual energy, something normal people can’t see, even look into ones soul trough eye contact (which she finds creepy so she avoids it). The reason she is able to do this is because of her power of spiritual shape manipulation and recreation known as Spirit Forging. Such people are called either Spirit Forgers or Soul Blacksmiths. As you may guess from the name, she is allowed to use a spirit of a mythical/legendary/magical creature (ONLY if the spirit giver is willing to do so but some skilled Spirit Forgers can overcome that) and shape them into materialized weapons, armor or (magical) item. The weapons (or armors and items) shape, type, size and ability depends from the creatures type, size, power level (the higher it is the harder is to control the weapon) and even its personality.
Her ability appears as a blue transparent breath also named Breath of Anima, it's powered by her own soul and ability which she either blows directly at the creatures spirit/soul or charges onto her own hands and proceeds with merging of the creatures soul and her breath to physically form a weapon/item/armor with limb movement.
Note that Aya doesn’t instantly gain the skill to use the weapon but she is influenced by its magic and gains a minor power boost (like a bit of strength in order to hold and handle larger heavier weapons or protection against stronger blows), the way of use of the weapon rests on her current knowledge and skill but forged creatures may help her in usage.
When using Suna, who is her only reliable weapon because of her adaptation toward Ayas abilities and skill, Aya has more control over her and is almost perfect and well trained in using her as a weapon or generally relying on her.
Suna is technically part of Ayas soul and because of that Aya is allowed to fuse their spirits and help Suna materialize as her own creature only when worlds allow her to. Suna is not made of flash as she may appear physically but when injured or hurt (even as a weapon, dented or broken), it wastes a lot of spiritual energy that is actually fueled by Aya's spirit. Because of this, even if Aya's injured Suna will feel week, but if Suna is injured, as long as Aya can spare more spiritual energy for Suna, she can recover.
At first glance Aya appears a little shy and quite bright. She’s a listener and an observer, often calmly paying attention to things around her, as well as things other people can’t see themselves, thus she appears quiet at times. While growing up she wasn't bullied or hurt by others too much but she was often left behind because of her usual talks about things others people don't truly believe in. Because of this Aya was lightly socially awkward but as she grew her self-confidence did as well and was able to normally communicate with people around her (especially when her grandfather passed away). Despite that she has little friend Aya is not bothered by this, actually prefers it this way because she enjoys her moment of solitude, listening to music and, again, observing the world around her. When around friends or people she can be silly and even strangely energetic, sometimes even saying weird things and not purposely ending up funny or silly to others. Even so, she enjoys company of those close to her and is very loyal to them. Shouting in anger or any time of frustration is something Aya does only when letting her emotions get the best of her, though that rarely happens. Once it does it’s somewhat out of her control, not easy for her to stop and think things trough before making a mistake. This usually happens once someone close to her is involved. Otherwise she will stay calm and think things trough well before saying or acting. She is shy when meeting someone for the first time, gets nervous and says silly things when doing so until she gets use to them. Also avoids getting into things where she assumes she shouldn't be part of. Rarely makes an eye contact with people but honestly never lies, she would rather just say most awkward truth than even try to lie to someone.
During her stay at Mugen-High, her personality will change toward more confident one.
Aya grew up with both of her parents and an older brother. As a kid her parents would often think she was acting a bit strange, often saying she saw a monster on a street or at home etc. Her brother was very close to her until both grew up into teenagers; afterwards they both went their separate ways. Aya's only friend was Aurora who later had to move with her parents. The two didn't see each other until one day Aurora appeared in Mugen-High as well. With her parents always being busy with their job they didn't had much time to be around Aya which is why she looked for company at her grandfathers place she often visited after school. To her it seemed that her grandfather understood her most, being a carefree man who liked to enjoy life and freedom, Aya found to share the similar interest and perspective of life. He always tended to encourage Aya in things when ever she felt a bit of doubt. Aya never told him about her ability to see spirits but it sometimes seemed as her grandfather knew about it in some way. Once her grandfather passed away she wasn't discouraged, a bit lonely but for a person she still looked up to, Aya didn't let his death get the best of her. After a bit she decided to live in the same house, work at her uncles printing company and earn just enough for living. When she turned 17, Suna appears in front of her for the first time. Though Aya would notice her in earlier days, she never really made contact with any of the strange creatures’ sprits she saw. Suna was the first one, explaining Aya a bit more about herself and the things she kept seeing around. Suna told her about Spirit Forgers, people such as her that are rare, represent a type of guardians or ambassadors of humans of Earth in so called Dimension 4; the world where higher magical beings live which humans can only describe trough myths, stories and legends. The job of the Spirit Forger is to keep creatures from Dimension 4 and people on Earth in harmony, not allowing them to disturb the normal life of humans who can’t see them. Later Aya learns to use her ability with a help from Suna and another Soul Forger; an older man named Nikolaj with a spirit of Zlatorog (Goldenhorn).
NOTICE: Because Aya's personality has been developed on again and changed, this might not the fully official way of how she got to Mugen-High but for now keep this in mind.
-Likes: Choco bars (or chocolate in general), silence, night, a good comic or artwork (mangas in general or light novels), music, helping up when ever necessary, sleep, dreaming, cute animals/creatures, simple things, taste of coffee.
-Dislikes: Noise, thunderstorms, ghost of dead people killed in horrible accident, nightmares, dishonesty or disloyalty, some types of insects, losing her glasses, failing to help someone, candy that tastes bad but looks good.
-Aya has poor eyesight. She can’t see well the things that are in the distance. She is almost blind on the left eye which is why it’s graish-blue color (unlike her right eye which is some type of blue). -No one knows how her glasses stay put on her nose like that (lol). When she wants to take a closer look at something she just pushes them a bit more up her nose. -Because she can’t see well her hearing is better then other senses. -Avoids eye contact at all costs because of something her mother said and because of her ability. She is shy but also scared to look in other ones eyes. If she has to look at someone directly she would look at either the lips or the forehead. -She’s a lucid dreamer (thanks to Suna). -Because she is use to seeing usual things and strange situations, Aya will sometimes appear a bit paranoid about things around her.
Suna is a Dream creature; a creature that have different shapes and sizes and resemble mix of couple of more different beings/animals. They act as guardians of dreams. Each person has one but is unable to see it in reality but only in dreams. Dream creatures also feast of ones dreams when they feel hungry (and that’s not often) which is why people sometimes can’t remember the whole or a part of the dream when awake. When people don’t get enough sleep the creatures tend to fall ill and become unable to protect the owners in the dream, resulting people to have nightmares. That, or dream creatures get lazy and neglect their jobs… Dream creatures can roam free in Dimension 4 or dreams of their owners, never in someone else’s nor can they eat someone else's dream.
As for Sunas personality, she first appears calm but when ever something doesn't suit her she becomes a bit snappy. Quite direct, a bit short tampered and honest but careful about other ones feelings. Sometimes works as Ayas sixth sense or eyes (since Aya can't see quite well).
This is a dimension that is considered on a higher level then the ones Earth is. It’s a place where creatures of magic and magical entities can exist in physical form, somewhat parallel to Earth. Dimension 4 divides into 2 kingdoms; Kingdom of the East and Kingdom of the West. In each Kingdom there are 4 dynasties of creatures which rule the kingdom. On the West there are Griffins, Unicorns, Western dragons and Hydras. On the East there are Phoenixes, Qilins, Eastern Dragons and Black Tortoises. Despite these ruling dynasties, there are plenty of other creatures who live normal lives, similar to ones humans have. There is also Underworld, a zone within Dimension 4 which is guarded by dynasty of Cerberus’. Larger creatures of this dimension usually have two forms they can turn into: their Origin form (appearing as mythical creatures usually look like) and anthro (as name says, might get a new tittle). Small creatures usually only have their own Origin forms.
Story: Long ago there was only one kingdom with different regional rulers. Those rulers which are from same dynasty as of those who rule today had a task of keeping their world at peace. The symbol of that peace was a white pearl orb which had the power to control ones magic abilities and spirit, not allowing the power of magic consume the ones mind. One day the orb was found shattered; there was no suspects at the scene to blame for such disaster… no one except themselves. The grudge the dynasties kept inside of them broke lose and the war between East and West began. Creatures chose their sides and battled against one another, none of the battles leading closer to anyone’s victory but just more disasters with all of lose and uncontrolled magic and energy. Then, the wise and powerful dragon dynasties, Red Dragon East and Blue Dragon West stepped up to put a stop to the war. Using the pieces of the shattered orb they embedded in each species of creatures a “seal” in their bodies, which will keep their magic stable and not letting them enter the madness of their power again. The war subdue as quickly as it started but the hatred between dynasties and their followers lived on, and so they have divided into Kingdom of the West and Kingdom of the East. Many years have passed and even today the two sides hold their grudges, more between dynasties then other creatures themselves but others take sides. The war was so long ago everyone forgot why they were fighting in the first place. The dynasty of Cerberus's, who never belonged to any side, are now looked as traitors by both kingdoms for not helping during the war. Besides them, Dragons are also still neutral.
Cerberus’ have important task to keep the demons and hellhounds of the Underworld locked up. But something strange is going on as more and more demons and hellhounds are found lose, either in Dimension 4 or human world…
-Due to the lack of magic influence on Earth, creatures from Dimension 4 can appear as spirits or ghosts only. They can effect humans and their world, not quite directly but more indirectly (as fairies/sprites or mermaids may do) trough series of different situation that might lead humans to think of realistic explanation for such occurrence. Demons, ghosts and hellhounds can posses animals and people and that can usually cause problems. That's when Spirit Forgers kick in. -Spirit Forgers and those somehow influenced with strong magic are the only ones who can see and interact with the creatures in human world (unless it’s a world with enough loose magic where creatures can exist as soul and body as well, usually small creatures that are often mistaken for animals). -There are random (and invisible to humans) portals that open on different places, they usually connect Dimension 4 with Earth, allowing creatures to cross the worlds frequently. Fairies are usually Gate Keepers and their job is to inform Spirit Forger about open ones and if some creature that might cause problems passed trought.
Holy cow, I drew Aya in warm colored outfit, lol... and a "dress" for that matter!
Aya: I like this skirt, it's wide... ^^ Suna: ... *flips ears back* What am I going to wear....? *looks down* Aya: ... *leaves and comes back with some kind of "poncho", puts it on her* How's that? Suna: ... *wags her tail* I like it... Aya: ^^
I really hope this is okay, even though it might not be fully correct... ;w; sorry.
For being there for me and for helping me out with things I couldn't handle by myself at given moments, as well as helping me with art and inspiration. I grew a bit more confident with art thanks to you.
Thanks for being around despite the different timeline, your school and job work. I appreciate every time your take to talk to me.
And of course, thanks for being so kind and honest with me in general.
((I finished this in Wednesday so you can't tell me I'm late with this~ :U I need to practice odd poses :I and coloring...))