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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 Artisan Crafter
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  Hobbyist
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
samysay Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Artist
mmmm for my opinion is better his old design
Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
"Gentle art the leaves
'neath the grove, where hoof and fang
doze under the sun."

...For a moment there I thought that his nostrils was actually a marker-drawn mustache, but now that I see, it's how Fei was meant to be, true to his species.
[I still miss his old design, though...looked a lot more handsome.]

Names are something that have true power in many aspects; it's good that you gave the new cast appropriate ones!

And, shameless as though it may be, Fei's name just adds up to...PEGASUS!!
It'd make for a good name for a technique of his in the future, too. [Cue reference to Kurumada's "Saint Seiya"]

Speaking of the Wolf Clan...will Zac Armadeus make a comeback? I think his Design is SO cool!!
Fly-Sky-High Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to see more of these two, since it's a new design I'm curious to know how their anatomy works in other perspectives. X3
shimmyshammy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
This is nice piece of work that really shows the growth of your capabilities and how you have continued to perfect yourself in telling a much stronger story with your characters and the settings that you place them in. You really have perfected your style as well and this more anthro approach really brings a great sense of vitality and personality to them both in this latest design. You seem to also understand a good deal more in the anatomy and working with the body language of a character, working much more in the expression to tell the connection that the two share together and the background that they both share. What's really striking here though as well is the way you've changed your colouring style to a rather sharp cell shaded method which i have to say certainly makes your art have a real 'pop' and 'passion' within itself. It works well and you've found a method that really opens up the potentials you have and the further growth you are including in your passion for your work and story.
Ja-The-Shadow-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, btw, is he still mute?
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still undecided yet.
XRainbowIceCreamX Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This pic have lovely colors!:love: nice work!
sheezy93 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
where is his real nose gone?! xD i agreed with you about horse part xD i actually prefer his old look :p you not going to change him again are you? just asking ^^
JiaYueHoneyJade Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, just whoa, and your right! His more like a horse with the ears and nose, X3 Now I'm thinking of redesigning Jia-Yue now! lol
missyuna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh I love the redesign here~, and yeah, now he looks alot more like a horse this time XD! And I love how you gave them the chinese names, and also the definitions/meanings behind these wonderful names, I finally learned abit chinese (lol XD).

Great job on the painting on the background, and I love how you gave this harmonic feeling in this picture, it looks very calm and oriental :D <3

I'm definitly looking forward to this new series :thumbsup:
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback as always Missyuna. ;)

For some reason I'm in the mood to draw some Sonic today but I should really continue the flow of drawing original stuff. :D Anyways I better check if I have commented on that drawing of yours that contain a combination of BLUE, BLACK and SILVER... :giggle:
Fruitso Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait!
minimandy12 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012   Artisan Crafter
cool i likey
Stelaris Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
hm... as a fan-girl of Ma Fei, I don't like that nose (to be honest) , xD you can do another kind of nose ... like, you know? like E09ETM character: Rock the unicorn. I think that his nose it's so cute *u*
But still even of you don't change that little feature, still I love Fei xD
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually Anis, to be honest, that was the nose design that was kinda based off E09ETM's unicorn character - ROCK! :D

If I did the exact same look then that would be pretty much a carbon copy. :D I actually did draw him using that sharper and slender 'V' shaped nose but I went for something more broader and bulkier to give Fei a distinguished look. ;)

Thanks for letting me know how you feel about the design of Fei, since you are one of my top fans of this character. :hug: I did however add in something different because of your feedback - and it made me realise that I had something missing when drawing Fei's face - he's missing a line in the middle of his nose! XXD Thanks for that Anis! 8-)
Stelaris Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
XDD really? well, I understand your opinion, and I respect that. It's your character and your design... and that will not change to the mountain horse that I love! :giggle:
well, If you want my personal opinion, you can use that slender "v" but doing a quite different shape, maybe like this:

but that's only a suggestion, xD if you want you can ignore me, I still love Fei with all my heart :heart: *u* , and I'm glad that I have helped you about that little mistake! xD
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you for the suggestions! I'll check them out when I come back home from work! ;)

Yeah slender looks more sexier doesn't it? :giggle:
Stelaris Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
*u* yeah djfsjdh
Kolbatsun1226 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
yeah the redesign looks more like a horse than like a hogglesnog
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol! XD Thanks! :D Hogglesnog... :giggle:
Tonythunder Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Both their redesigns look pretty cool!
Doomdragon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wait is the ASHWORTH story making a comeback?
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a possibility. ;)
Doomdragon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
O3O I'm trying not to bounce off the walls until it's a 100% yes but it's getting hard to resist e3e!
Ja-The-Shadow-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Fei's out! And he... looks a lil silly with those 2 big nostrils. XD Surprised you don't see any hair flailing when he's snoring.
But it is as it should be, I mean he's a horse for cryin out loud!
Good job again, Elson.^^

And I see you redesign his lil sis as well, pitty you didn't put Feng in as well, but I guess we'll see him some time later. =)
And you kept the same name meaning of names from the original concept, which is good I guess. Why fix something that isn't broken, right?

I am interested about the details for story. I mean what's Eastern Borders civil war all about?
Sounds a lil like Grand Crusade of Eastmarch from my story, but that again it isn't related to a civil war. =P

Now I'm pumped up to see Ruby soon as well! =D I wanna see how much you've improved her avian features.
dadu79 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Ni hao ma horse wolf x3
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