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WIP: Carnation, Amy, and Leopold (CotMS)

(From left to right: Carnation, Amy, and Leopold from our Gothic novel, Curse of the Mystic Sword.) ๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿฅ€

I’ve been rearranging the apartment, since I realised I have a lot of space in my room (technically a large walk-in closet), so I have been taking my boxes of old stuff from the hallway, and putting them into my room.

Naturally, I’ve been going thru some of the boxes as I do so, and was happy to rediscover my art book from 2015-2016 (when we resided at the Victorian mansion), which I thought was lost forever! I was so grateful to find it – tysm, God! ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‡

I also found a very large sketchbook with this trio inside its pages; what’s so special, as well as rare, about this is, all three of us drew this together – I drew Carnation, Micky @octobernocturne drew Amy, and Rob @timewillcrawl94 drew Leopold! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽจ

They’re in Curse of the Mysic Sword, a Gothic novel we’ve been writing since Autumn, 2006. Carnation is an independent woman, ever at odds with Leopold, who – unbeknownst to her – is a vampyre, as is his adopted daughter, Amy. ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฅ€๐ŸŒน

(… we’re gonna need a bigger scanner! ๐Ÿ˜†)

Amy first and latest drawings

I meant to put this together before the recent trend on Twitter where you put together the first and latest drawings of your OC – just happens to be one of those fate things where it works out anyways! ;P

 I’m surprised Amy started off with dark eyes, I always remembered her with green eyes! The first drawing of her was for Mystic Travels, which was later renamed Curse of the Mystic Sword, and the latest drawing of her was for PaperDemon’s art RPG, where I’m roleplaying as Amy in various challenges and exploring worlds. =^.^= ๐Ÿ’œ


My #bestnine for #bestnine2019, all of which are my artwork this year – as an aspiring professional artist, this makes me pretty happy, yeah. :3 #artof2019

Doctor Carnation Lily

Carnation is an independent, young lady in our first story, whom has taken up the practice of doctoring, much to the dismay of townsfolk and suitors. To clear her mind, Carnation moved outside of town to live in a cabin in the woods nearby, so that she might treat travelers on the way to town, a location sought by many wanderers.

She was an orphan alongside her closest friends Sherrinford Stratton, and Leonardo Beige; and she was eventually raised by the eccentric Doctor Peter van Tassel, who brought her up as the elder sister of his niece, Sara Elisabeth, also orphaned at a young age. The Van Tassels own and manage the library in the town located nearby the woods Carnation has taken up residence in.

2008: Don’t Breathe

2008 (7)
Illustration of Isaac dragging the Mystic Sword through the forest, from Curse of the Mystic Sword, formerly known as Mystic Travels. Micky drew the line-art, and I coloured it. ๐Ÿ˜บ

Edit โ€“ August 21st, 2021 โ€“ I found this description from my old art blog:

After seeing the trailer for Donโ€™t Breathe so many times, which is a horror film about three thieves breaking into an old blind manโ€™s home with the old blind man fighting back โ€“ fiercely โ€“ we couldnโ€™t help but be reminded of Isaac from our old graphic novel, Mystic Travels, which was also known as โ€˜Curse of the Mystic Swordโ€™. Isaac was a blind, deaf, and mute old man, inspired from Voldo in the Soul Calibur games, whom is the deadly, spidery guardian of the Money Pit, and defends it against thieves {including my sensei, Yoshi-san ~ aka Puck-sensei in my Soul series}.

Our stories could be really dark, so our Mother actually used to call them, โ€œyour Gothic novelsโ€ back then, with us eventually switching between referring to them as โ€œGraphic novelsโ€ and โ€œGothic novelsโ€ interchangeably. Almost as dark as Donโ€™t Breathe, at times, too.

@octobernocturne did the sketch of Isaac {seen below} carrying the Devilโ€™s Sword behind him in early 2007, whereas I eventually coloured it spontaneously sometime in 2008 {seen above}, during the same time period I was colouring my sketches of Amy Belle Florel, and her adoptive mother, Dr. Carnation Lily โ€“ who clashed often with Amyโ€™s foster father, Lord Leopold Florel, not only because they were both doctors; her being a feminist, and him being a misogynist, but because they had different ideas of how to raise Amy.

Even so, the two werenโ€™t ever truly romantically involved, nor were they ever Amyโ€™s collective parents either โ€“ how Carnation came to adopt Amy as a single mother was due to believing that the young girl was an orphan and that her father, Leopold, was dead {when, in fact, he canโ€™t die โ€“ heโ€™s a vampyre, although the doctor was never to learn this}, but I digress.

By the time they became a family, Carnation had already met and taken in Isaac, insisting he come with her to the Florel estate, much to the Dark Lordโ€™s disgust, for the young doctor had a compassionate heart, and strong will; perhaps being the only person to truly stand up to Leopold. Isaac was another source of conflict between the two opposites.

I felt inspired to post this due to having just watched ‘Donโ€™t Breatheโ€™ โ€“ my adrenaline is still making me light-headed, and sick from the fear that the film brought me. I see now why it is being referred to as the most original horror film in decades. Terrifying. ;_;

@octobernocturneโ€˜s original sketch: