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Sleepyhead by ElsonWong Sleepyhead by ElsonWong
Couldn't think of a something creative for a title so I'll just go with 'sleepyhead' cuz that's just how this guy is generally!

And speaking of 'him', yes, what you see here is Ma Fei's redesign! He actually looks more like a HORSE this time!! XD

He loves to snooze off, he's probably been training too much for his own good. He's going to be given a personality change too but I can't say much for now since I don't exactly know what role he'll play in the new graphic novel series that is ASHWORTH: Tales of the Cursed Wombat.

On his left is none other than his sister. But wait a minute... She looks more like a canine (i.e. of dog or wolf species). Yes that is correct. They're not blood related, but Wu Mei's got what you would call an 'adopted brother', and she loves and respects him like a real older brother. This is where things get interesting.

I plan to have Ma Fei enter into the series (at some point in time - where I'll give an explanation to his back-story) as a lone warrior who was adopted during the Great Eastern Borders civil war at a very young age. He's basically an orphan of war but was saved and introduced to the WOLF CLAN of the East because of his adept nature in the martial arts.

The father, Lang Zhong Cheng, who is the leader of the clan decided to raise him along with his own son and daughter (Lang Feng and Lang Wu Mei).

:star: For the Chinese meanings behind the names that are written in pinyin, here they are! :star:

MA = Horse
LANG = Wolf
FEI = Fly/Flight (~high achiever, talented)
WU MEI = Lovely/Charming (~graceful, cute and caring)
FENG = Wind (~sharp, witty, moves fast - thinks fast, deadly)
ZHONG CHENG = Loyal (~loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever) - in reference to: [link]

Anyways I hope to draw more and illustrate their story through pictures in future. At the moment I haven't decided on how Ma Fei will come into the story. My main focus is Ashworth and Ruby for the moment because I have a good idea of what their role is and where they are headed in the overall story of ASHWORTH. 8-)
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Kunnai Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I think for Fei's design you'll have to break the mold a bit more in playing with his design and give the view of his nose from the front more dimensionality. It's coming out too flat from that view making it look like a pig snout. Maybe looking at the workings of Vector's snout design would be a good start.
yohohotralala Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Oh wow! It looks good.
SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well well well, look if is not Fei himself!
But pal, I'm going to lie to you but...I don't fancy his redesign. *shurgs*
Maybe that's due to nostalgia? Maybe it's due to the pose? Maybe because his nostrils are huge? I don't really know how to explain.

However somehow I don't feel I have the right to say this.

In my opinion I think the design needs more work. Like doodling a new more options before to settle. I read a handful of comments down here and seems I'm not the only one who's not very okay with his nose.

Anyway....regardless the changes, I'm still keeping an eye in your work.
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's absolutely fine! I'm glad to hear your honest opinion on how Fei looks - it's probably the nostrils. ;)

I haven't had the change to draw and show him more to fans from different angles - you guys can get a better judgement from there rather than just basing it off one perspective. = )

I may probably modify his nostril using what E09ETM has already used for her horse/unicorn characters. But for now I'm going to stick to what I had already sketched out original for the design on paper.
Emily-Young Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer




You're right! He does look more like a horse now! ^_^

To be honest, I liked Fei's old design, and didn't mind it to much...Except that he had no ears...And I always thought : Maybe he got them cut off in battle or something? XD (It was an old joke I told to myself once. XD)

But yeah, if you want my honest feedback, then I am very happy he has ears now. It really will help people see what kind of animal he is now, I think. =)
SONICFAN18 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
awesome like ever ^^
Trash-meta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Writer
I just love new designs of your original characters, with everyone of them becoming more realistic to their species. It's great see them have their comeback to the spotlight. :D
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you! I'm doing what I can to keep them unique. ;)
TailsX101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Very nice redesign! I love how you gave him ears, which I think are a nice addition. The only weird thing is his nose. Overall, I'm really liking Fei's new look. Can't wait to see him back in action! :la:
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks buddy! And yes Fei finally got ears like a real horse! XD I think his was eaten away by something in the old design... *SHOT* XD
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