First of all, thanks very much everybody for your support on my Disney Evolution series, its good to see you guys are enjoying it as much as I enjoy making them. With the Kanga and Roo one recently uploaded, I have done 60 characters now, thats like almost half way to 150, the Kanto Dex is almost half way there. I have a few ones I really wanna draw that I think you guys will love (Or hate me to bits).So what do I want to talk about this time?
Im not sure if you've noticed, but I tend to draw more 'animal like'
characters rather than human ones. For several reasons, one being its more easy to expand my creativity with them rather than just having a human look younger and older,
the more odd and crazy the character looks, the more fun I can have with the design. But the major reason for not drawing human is because it would be weird to have a human be treated like a pet/pokemon
. The Disney Evolution idea is no doubt based on Pokemon, well I guess first we gotta talk about Pokemon and what they are, in the fictional world of Pokemon, Pokemon are monsters that can be domesticated and trained, for purpose of just having them as pets or have them battle other Pokemon for sports. Its a messed up concept if put into the real world (eg dog fighting or kangaroo boxing), but in the fictional world of Pokemon, the Pokemon enjoys it and wants to fight in order to improve themselves and fulfil their purpose
, its almost like they are born to fight, not to kill to survive but just to better themselves in a little competition. These Pokemon are also kept in Pokeballs, which in the real world would also be messed up, its pretty much a portable tiny cage that you keep your pets in for a large amount of time, BUT again in the Pokemon world, its perfectly fine because no one knows what goes on inside the Pokeball, perhaps its a whole digital sanctuary inside that we dont know about.
So here lies the problem, if I add people into Disney Evolution, it would be like having human as pets (Someone call Dr Phil), although acceptable to some? Its a rather touchy topic to many. It brings the issue of what it means to be human, can human be treated as pets? Is it ethically ok to treat someone that way if they chooses it? Is it Stockholm syndrome? Should pets be treated as pets even? Or should they be treated more like friends that we dont keep for the purpose of serving us?
Pokemon does a good job in showing that Pokemon are treated as friends more than how we treat animals in the real world (Eating them, riding them, using their body parts to make clothing, making them fight for our entertainment, pretty much if we see a creature living its life in the wild, we would find a way to abuse it for our benefits, oh dont get me started
Why am I bringing this up? Well I got in a conversation with a fellow Deviant That-Random-Banana
about this topic, he asked if I was gonna draw Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck it Ralph
. Usually I just say no to human characters because of my reasonings that I mentioned above, but then I thought about what Ralph and Vanellope actually are in their lore.. they are videogame characters, they are not human. In fact Ralph's original concept was supposed to look like a gorilla, kinda like Donkey Kong. And Vanellope is really cartoonish looking to the point of looking like a chibi doll, and she has candies in her hair that I could play around wit. BUT, they just look too human...
And I am not sure if I want to cross that line. It would totally be awesome if Ralph looked like a gorilla, with that I can play around with, making him look like King Kong in his final form, and maybe like Diddy Kong in his first form or something.
So yeah.. Ralph and Vanellope is kinda tricky, I am leaning more towards a no. I mean I have so many other non human looking characters I want to draw so I can leave out Ralph and Vanellope for now. What do you guys think though? Am I thinking too much into this? Should I just go take a nap? What is the value of p if y = -3 in the formula p = 8 + 3y? Let me know in the comments about this topic. While we are at it, I will also throw in some other similar grey area characters and you guys can let me know what you think, Ariel, Ursula, Tinkerbell, Maleficent..