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A:CtS Character Study [SHANI and HIU] by Tyshea A:CtS Character Study [SHANI and HIU] by Tyshea
Chasing the Sun is a fan-project that takes place before the events of Avatar: the Last Airbender. It's a darker story about human trafficking and the world of assassination during a time of war




This is a set of character studies, both of default outfits and body types/diversity.
I apologize for semi-nudity, but I don't really think it needs a mature filter

There's no comic (yet), we're just in the for-fun conceptualizing phase and will be for a while :)

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These are my characters, Shani (left) and Hiu (right).

Shani is an unhinged and deadly killer from the swamp tribe.
She's gangly but ferocious, and one of the most dangerous members of the whole group; even to her own team members.

Hiu is a non-bending assassin who doubles as a concubine in the same house as Sika.
She specializes in sex-assassinations, but don't under-estimate her strength.
She's gender-fluid, but mainly identifies as female.



The Crimson Sand:
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:iconuberbomb:
uberbomb Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice and interesting 
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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gothgirlnot2happy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
shani seems awsome
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you think so! :D
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:iconerichan8dd:
Erichan8DD Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shani is scary...i LIKE her! o___o
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you do! :D
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:icongriefbacon:
griefbacon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm surprised only one other comment was about the ropes shani has on her. can I ask what they are? 
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I'm pretty surprised too, to be honest! :P
I guess the best way to summarize them... is they're for mental training and obedience. The style is inspired by shibari, a type of bondage that originated in Japan
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sunshineLEMONAID Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I don't cosplay as Mint I would totally cosplay Hiu bc she's a friggin babe
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YEAH HIU'S A BABE ALRIGHT LOL
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:icontheevilpeanut:
TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love all of your character designs. It would take me weeks to think of something like any of these.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much dude!
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:icondragonwarrior25:
DragonWarrior25 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I feel sorry for who ever get kill by those two.
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:icondragonwarrior25:
DragonWarrior25 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I feel for who ever get kill by those two.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah cause they'd tear them up good :|
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:iconaspecialkindofstupid:
Hmmm...
Do the people who are assassinated by Hiu know they are getting into bed with a male? Or is that kind of an added element of surprise?
(I THINK she's male physically anyway, sorry if I'm wrong.)
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, she is male bodied :)

It's actually a theme that I'm working with in Hiu and Sika's "profession"
Let's just say they're exploited for a fetish.
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:iconaspecialkindofstupid:
Ah I see, cool!
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:iconjaaron24:
jaaron24 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I love your style so much.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :blushes:
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sunshineLEMONAID Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me a while but I realized Hiu has a male body. I really love how ambiguous you made her; she is pretty much the character i like best in the Crimson Sand :'3c
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AW REALLY? Thanks a lot dude!
Actually when I added that for Hiu, I got a lot more fond of her myself :O
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SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
You draw both slender and curvy body types so excellently! They both look beautiful! c: Excellent outfit designs, as well. o: Really like the show of personality with their poses and facial expressions, too. ^^
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
I used to struggle with bigger body types so bad, so that's a relief to hear u////u
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SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
No problem! ^^

It's sort've of the opposite for me - I tend to struggle more with slender types, myself. XP

Keep up the awesome work! :highfive:
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Lulabys-Melody Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Although I liked all the designs I pause ot comment on this one because I simply must praise you for the 'reality' of theese characters. I love the investment on different body types and shapes, as well as personlities clearly shown through pose. Wonderfull work. ^^ This is jsut so particularly clear in theese guys.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
This was definitely an exercise for me to play with more extreme body types and such :)
I appreciate it! Happy you liked all of them!
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Tyzis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student
the ropes that Shani wears.. are they like a pain endurance? because the naked version she has the scars where the ropes are. :o
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You got it :D
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SingolDarkwood Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Oh god, Shani looks like she just stepped out of a Wes Craven film. Would not mess with her... ever!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YEAH SHE CRAY
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:iconeternala:
Eternala Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I've just fallen in love with Shani's design. So creepy ... Inspiration is coming ...
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you! :D
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vai-russ Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I LOVE BOTH OF THEIR DESIGNS SO MU-HU-HUUUCCCHH. :iconcryforeverplz:
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank youuu! ;u;/
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:iconvai-russ:
vai-russ Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
shhhh you are too sweet
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CahjesaalLesou-n Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Writer
Wow. They both are simply amazing. Love Shani's skinny, most likely unhealthy body, fits pretty perfect. And though I never really heard about gender-fluidness (?), it seems quite awesome and fits Hiu just right. But what is Hiu on a physical aspect, male of female?
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Shani was a lot of fun to draw- I wouldn't say she's too crazy skinny (I considered giving her a bonier body) but I'm glad she still looks a little on the unhealthy side despite that :D

Hiu has a male body :)
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CahjesaalLesou-n Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Writer
Thanks!^^
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
aw no problem :]
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AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does the place Sika and Hiu 'work' at specialise in mtf prostitutes?
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha, dingding! :D
You got it right. There's a lot of exploitation that goes on in the story, and some mixed feelings that go along with it
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AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Points for me :D
Looking forward to how it plays out in the story :D
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Yuujin1 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like Hiu eyes, they're really beautiful :D and Shani stare gives me the chills. Awesome job! :XD:
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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:iconyuujin1:
Yuujin1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome :D
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CareBearKidd Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the physical diversity you give all these characters! Even when I'm looking at two physically fit characters, there are so many little details that separate them! It gives these characters a realistic feel to them and that takes effort. Well done, truly. :nod:
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
It's definitely something I've been working on; happy you like it :)
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:iconsteepdust019:
SteepDust019 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Cheeaa! A character from the swamp tribe!
The design for Shani does give off the unhinged vibe.
The orange eye shadow is a nice touch for Hiu.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! We loved the Swamp Tribe so much but they got very little screentime-- that's why made Shani :D
Thank you so much!
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