Return to drawing
I took a two-month break from art since I was away and couldn’t focus on the projects that needs to be updated. I’m going to warm up my hands, break out the Wacom Intuos Pro and start drawing again by redrawing the characters for my upcoming webcomic Fighter’s Adventure.
This is what the characters looked like—as one of the characters have a bokken (right). I will update the characters with better clothing instead of the Adidas Attitude high top tennis shoes which will be very hard to find in retail stores and online (I still own a pair). The bokken on the male fox character (Joe) would be removed because the heroes won’t be using any weapons.
The two characters, Joe and Steph, are modeled after Tails, a character from Sonic the Hedgehog series, save for key differences: All male foxes (and cats) have spiky hair, both sexes of anthropomorphic foxes and cats’ eyes do not touch the muzzle, all of the anthropomorphic animal characters wear fingerless gloves (black cycling gloves for antagonists) as opposed to the Sonic characters wearing white gloves, and all of the anthropomorphic animal characters’ shoes are noticeably oversized. The characters are modeled after various characters from various anime/manga, cartoons and video games:
- Billy is modeled after Goku from Dragon Ball, Keita/Nate from Yo-kai Watch, Ryu from the Street Fighter series, Luffy from One Piece, Yu Narukami from Persona 4, including its spin-offs Arena Ultimax and Dancing All Night, and Yagami Taichi/Tai Kamiya from Digimon.
- Melody is modeled after Gohan and Videl from Dragon Ball, Fumika/Katie from Yo-kai Watch, Ken from the Street Fighter series, Chie Satonaka from Persona 4, including its spin-offs Arena Ultimax and Dancing All Night, and Yagami Hikari/Kari Kamiya from Digimon.
- Davis is modeled after Yamcha from Dragon Ball and Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4, including its spin-offs Arena Ultimax and Dancing All Night because of his long hair with bangs.
- Tia is modeled after the karate star Mahiro Takano and Yuri Sakazaki from Art of Fighting/King of Fighters series (because she wears a pair of shoes).
- Joe and Steph are modeled after the Sonic character Tails; the latter is also modeled after Simon and Kamina (Joe) and Yoko Littner (Steph) from Gurren Lagann, as well as Ryo and Yuri Sakazaki (brother and sister, respectively) from the Art of Fighting/King of Fighters series and Dipper and Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls.
- Marnell and Marissa are modeled after Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog series), Iori Yagami (KOF series), Ragna the Bloodedge (BlazBlue series) and Sosuke Aizen (Bleach).
Yup — this is the logo that was originally going to be, despite not having Illustrator before Adobe retired CS6. The new logo will use the Broken15 typeface. I have other rejected logos that did not make it through the webcomic’s logo design process.
After the logo was rejected three times, here is the fourth attempt:
Also, here’s the early designs for the characters:
Billy (elder brother: main protagonist and leader) and Melody (younger sister: tomboy and lancer) were going to have ripped jeans/overalls and Adidas Attitude sneakers, but this was dropped. However, the art style will be different rather than the previous one.
Red and Kitsune
This is what my art style used to look like as I started a webcomic venture with my first webcomic — yep, I still have two chibi books by Chris Hart. I did not have a graphics tablet (obviously!) so I got my first tablet: The Wacom Bamboo Create. But many people didn’t understand the name, and it was hosted on Tumblr instead of a self-hosted domain (which I couldn’t afford at the time). The character’s original design (Red Mitsuji) was wearing an all-red outfit, consisting of a red shoulderless shirt that has long loose sleeves with her initials “RM” (originally a Foxkeh head) on it, red drawstring shorts, and red knee-high Chuck Taylor boots that have zippers on the back (usually not visible).
My art style later improved, thanks to the Manga Mania Shonen book by Chris Hart, as the characters’ super-deformed style has been discontinued later on. The characters’ shoes based on the high tops from the 1980s/1990s have also been discontinued, taking more of a modern-day clothing, such as the Chuck Taylor II, Adidas Superstars, and JNCO jeans.
Back on the comic it wasn’t enough readers and lack of time as they do not know how to pronounce Japanese names (many anime and manga often give the characters’ English Dub names such as Pokémon and Digimon).
But importantly — there wasn’t enough readers and there was nobody donating since I don’t have a Patreon until now as it hasn’t covered its costs and like any failed webcomic, R&K can’t continue indefinitely. Therefore, whilst it’s sad, I believe it’s time to move on to other projects and shut off the lights to the first comic. And I feel like I’m the right person to do it. This means that I will retire the Red Mitsuji character for the future projects out of respect for EmilyStrange EKR.
The first comic is still available for viewing at my Dropbox account for archival purposes.
I’ve changed the name from “Long Hachimaki” to “Samurai Fox Studio” and got the pen name of “Samurai Cory”. Same person but different name. I wanted a shonen, action-adventure-style webcomic that includes fighting (which alludes to Akira Toriyama’s own Dragon Ball). The new webcomic is not a spin-off to the previous comic, but will be manga stylized instead of in color.
Fighter’s Adventure is influenced by shonen anime, cartoons, and video games I grew up watching. There’s going to be heroes, villains, and supporting characters (their relatives). I hope you will all like my work.
Fighter’s Adventure is in no way a replacement for Red and Kitsune — it is a completely different webcomic. Red and Kitsune has had its day — it’s time to move on and man up.
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