Seeing as my 'All characters' deviation is already a few years old, I figured I should draw up some new references for my characters, as some did change quite a bit since then. This is as much for my own reference as for anyone else who may be interested in my characters
It's very basic and short, with a few personality traits and design notes. I'm pretty flexible with my characters' designs and personalities. There are a few points that make Sibi who she is to me, but besides that, I encourage people to have fun above all. My characters look different every time I've had a break from drawing them too, so don't worry about that.
Sibi is one of my oldest and dearest characters, and I feel this drawing represents her better than the previous one. There is still a lot I don't know about her though (it may sound a bit funny, but to me it often feels like characters slowly reveal their history and personality to me. I can never make up a character who has all of that already, it's different with each, and Sibi is a particularly closed character. I still don't know why she can manipulate fire or how she does it exactly, is she some kind of fire spirit or demon, or possessed by one?). Sibirica is also one of my characters with the most references so symbolism, from her species (the bright fur and face that looks like it's covered in soot, the German name 'Feuerwiesel' = fireweasel) to her markings (triangles, especially the upward pointing one, is a classic fire symbol, from alchemy I believe) and her hot-tempered personality. I created her back in the days when my fear of fire was much greater than it is now, as a way of dealing with it by confronting myself with it. She started out as a side character in a short story about anthropomorphic mustelid characters. There was a character of each species and they all had their scientific names for their own names (the main protagonists were a male weasel Nivalis and a female stoat Erminea). I don't remember how it went exactly, but these two were supposed to travel around and find a certain someone or an object, whatever. Anyway, Sibirica was the hot-tempered guardian of an important gate no-one was supposed to pass. She carried a huge torch as a weapon and could summon more flames when necessary. And that stuck around
I could not bear to change the name, even though I did want to at first. But no other name seemed to fit her, so it stayed.
So yeah, that's a bit of Sibi's origins, haha. I should see if I can find those ancient character drawings I made back then. I'm afraid I lost them, but maybe not. Oh yeah, there are also a few songs that remind me of Sibirica's various personality aspects, from her energy, her terrifying abilities (well, if you were a rodent, you certainly wouldn't want to be chased by a fire-breathing monster that could follow you anywhere!), and her confusion and madness that sometimes takes control of her (and yes, I'm pretty sure that correlates to her abilities, I'm just not certain in what way it will affect her in the end). [link]
I just love this song, it's so powerful, the way it builds up and then... Whoa. It reminded me of Sibirica instantly, not entirely sure why, I guess it's the feeling I get from this song... Like she's walking away from a burning field at night, and halfway starts to run, spreading more fire. She's definitely lost control there. [link]
I believe they sing in Russian here, right? Well, it fits [link]
this one reminded me of Sibi instantly, mainly about her confusion about her abilities. Especially when she discovered them for the first time, her fear of these sudden abilities and her confusion about why she has them. I love this song anyway, I like to listen to it playing LOUD![link]
And finally this one, again I can't really say why, I just feel this song fits her for sme reason. Maybe it's the language mixing or the wish of Sibirica to know the source of her power.
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