Summary TLDR - I have finally found an official fashion style for one of my oldest characters and because of it, I have finally solidified her personality and it's been SO FRIGGIN FUN getting to re-know her. SHE FEELS LIKE A BRAND NEW CHARACTER!!! I'm about to launch into a giant story for of her creation to the point we're at right now so if you wanna know more about her pls read on - if not, please just enjoy!!!
Chelsea has been a character of mine since 2006. Starting as a Code Lyoko fancharacter, she has now developed almost 10 years later into a person of her very own with her very own story. While the story itself takes place in a world more akin to Firefly in terms of fashion and technology, I currently have AUs with her where I roleplay with her and write her in "modern" our world setting.
Over the years I have struggled to work with her as the character she was initially. When I made her, I had a really base example of what made a "cool" female character so Chelsea was angry, social, flirty, she hit people when she was mad at them, she was easy to pick on, she was mouthy and she was stubborn. She'd give off mixed signals to the boy she liked, and only seemed to be peaceful when she was running, saving the world, or one-on-one with someone. While all of these traits are interesting and can make a good character, they were honestly just traits I had stitched together without any real thought or motivation behind her actions. I couldn't connect with that person anymore. Even with the new world she's in currently and the new characters that she interacts with, it was still hard to connect with her when I was keeping all of those personality traits in mind.
It wasn't until I started seeing photosets of Kristen Stewart and finding the inspiration for Chelsea's fashion that I decided to really work on it - that I decided I could
work on it. The journey was fun and now I'd love to re-introduce you to my baby as she is now - shy, socially awkward, hates PDA, reserved, kind, empathetic, playful, etc.
OKAY I ACTUALLY REALLY HATE LISTING TRAITS because I feel like they do a poor sum up of a person and that's only a small package so there's always gonna be more you wanna share but YEAH. HERE SHE IS.
I also took the opportunity to solidify her features. She's had the upturned nose a while, but I had never drawn her with her dimples or with her trademark blush (this is how Faustus nicknames her sweetcheeks for Pete's sake!) or biting her lip (another trademark since I made her. So I was really excited to do that.
THANK YOU IF YOU READ ALL THIS LMAO I JUST NEEDED TO SHARE. But yeah, I love her, I'm so excited to take her story from here on out and I'm really pumped to draw even more!
Chelsea (c) TheFlamingZebra
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