For my final drawn character is Vlam Firearm, the youngest member of Saru's Party. I created Vlam when I was watching a filler on One Piece where Usopp met a young firework maker girl and her grandfather which give me an idea for a firework character. At first I wanted him to be a somewhat like an Usopp character, you know, the only normal human in the group, but then I realized most fan don't like Usopp, so I made him more cheerful and skilled. Don't get me wrong, Usopp can be pretty cool and awesome, like Enies Lobby and Thriller Bark. Vlam design was a little challenging, but I manage to find the right design for him. I was thinking dark blonde, but I ended up with brown hair.
Next up is Hash from Brave Exiles. Hash is a unique character of my because his design and personality is roughly based on my good friend back at Bahrain who happen to have similar name. One day I told him I was creating a book and like me, he loves anime stuff and was happy for me. For that, I decided to create a character version of him in my book whose personality and appearance resembles a little. For his outfit, my friend told me he wanted a character to dress similar to Zoro in One Piece after the timeskip. Since I didn't want copyright problem, I found another samurai outfit online and came across these samurai pants and give me an idea which lead me to this. The moon and sun on his pants kinda resemble his character and the bandage around his arm is because the picture I took of him before I left for University happen to have him have one for unknown reason as I forgot to ask him. He also said he wanted to have a scar on his face, but I thought it was too much like Zoro.
My second character, Yukimo is my first female character I have ever created. It took me a while to figure out her hairstyle and colour, but after seeing Lucy from Fairy Tail with her hair down on a date, I enjoyed the style and make it roughly like that. The color I picked brown because every time I picture Yukimo, she would be brown hair. The rip up jeans is for her to easily move while running and the striped on her yellow shirt hoodie is for speed looks and the hoodie is for her being an assassin. I made her ditch her assassin cloak hoodie because it seem too much like Assassin Creed and I don't want to be a copycat and it was a one time things. I came up with the idea when me and my old friend in Bahrain were talking about my characters and he wanted to see an assassin female which I followed through and made her! Her personality is created by when I see Shonen main character female and I did nearly the opposite from that. I also wanted to create a female character whose good looking, strong, doesn't whine a lot, and kind sometime. Someone kids can grow up to, unlike the so called female role models in fiction today.
Here is the design of my main character, Saru. For today, I will explain why I design him this way. In the beginning, I wanted to design a unique looking character, someone people can cosplay for fun without looking completely weird. The short purple open shirt is base on Trunk from Dragon Ball as I'm a fan of the series and I enjoy the design and I have always liked open shirt. The purple color is something I wanted to do since most heroes I know use blue, red, black or orange, so I wanted to be original and pick purple and it worked for me. The metal plate on his legs is something I thought it might look cool and sticked with it. The reason Saru has a lean body type because I wanted a character in the between, so we could relate to him better and more room for development in the future. Saru personality is roughly based on me, but with a different traits to be his own person, think of him as my avatar in Neo Earth.
As many have wondered, how did I created just a world like Neo Earth, well, let's start from the beginning. Four or so years ago, I wanted to create a book series that would last for a long period of time. My first idea was about a thief in a Arabic like world, a punk who steal powers from other mythical creatures, and a young teen being forced to go to military school, but instead was sent to a magical world similar to Neo Earth. However, not of those world seem to stick, so I reshape the world so many times, I ended up with Neo Earth and I enjoy this world much more. You could say that Neo Earth is like the reborn world of my old stories!!!