Browsing through my computer files, I noticed this doodle and thought I'd introduce him.
As I was saying in my summary, my first creative priority is a fiction book. There's no doubt in my mind that I love creating comic strips of any kind, but writing is hands-down my passion. Technically I've been working on this current book for about six years: it evolved from a simple story made for friends' entertainment to an extremely complex novel that turned me into an obsessive, socially awkward writer and wannabe-psychologist while every other teenager I knew was having a life. (I have to poke fun at myself.)
Anyways, the character to the left is one I thought this blog's readers might like. His name is Amaya and he's one of my favorites to write about: putting aside his downfalls and ridiculous amount of personal issues, he gets a lot of love from my friends for the fact that he's the book's only character to fall under the trans* umbrella. He's come forth as androgynous and cross-dresses when he can. Also a point of interest, he's pansexual. None of these terms actually appear in the book, since I set their technology/language to be Victorian at best and the concepts of varying gender identity or sexual orientations aren't well defined in their culture, but in a looking-glass they're applicable.
I spend a lot time asserting his androgyny. He frequently bends the gender roles/traits other characters present and ignores what is or isn't "appropriate". Similarly, I make certain his crossdressing follows routines. Even if he can't wear dresses or heels, he always wears silk or pastel robes and fancy shoes to compensate.
Although he's the only trans* character at the moment, I plan to add some others. I'd hate to pigeonhole the collective term by having a sole representative: I have numerous characters with varying sexual orientations, so it's only fair I give as much acknowledgement to trans* folk in the book.
That's all I have to say with this post, though I may share more illustrations of Amaya. Please enjoy the coming "extra" material! -Uly