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A:CtS Character Study [SIKA] by Tyshea A:CtS Character Study [SIKA] 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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This is my character, Sika.

A fire-bending dancer and showgirl, Sika is soft-spoken but has a young elegance about her.
She's skinny and prone to the cold, but very flexible and in control of her movements.
She identifies as female, and her older brother is Shii



And that's it for the main heroes!
I'll be working on other characters from this project throughout the week :)
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edf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the loose style the studies are in and just seeing the different ideas for the clothes I snice!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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princesswanderer Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Writer
is she a breast-less youth or a transgender?
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
She's trans
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:iconprincesswanderer:
princesswanderer Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Writer
ah, I ought to expect that by now. C: I like that you have multiple kinds of sexuality and gender identities in your work. though in my own work I'd probably only have one or two characters per story that are not straight. That has mostly to do with the fact that I am straight and I don't really know enough people who aren't straight to really be able to represent anything else too well. :c
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Archsider Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heart Heart Meow :3 Meow :3 
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I :heart: her elegance !
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ur welcome ! This story's actually pretty legit btw !
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Oeus Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is positively gorgeous. Trans~ characters have always interested me and I've always wanted to make one myself, but felt I could never pull it off properly (I'm... almost too gender organized for it and it holds me back). 
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm really happy you like her! :)

I honestly think being aware of your mentality is a good first step though. If you'd like some examples of well-written trans* characters, I'd be happy to link you some
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Oeus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please! I'd love to be able to expand my mindset. I DO have an androgynous character, but I always end up using their actual gender when it comes to typing them up... But I'm learning! 
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha you got it! Hope you don't mind a link, but I just answered a really similar question on an art blog I run, so please check it out picturethisimaginethat.tumblr.…
There's a list of comic links in the first answer too :)

(also just a small thing, if you want to get started with trans* characters, it'd be good to unlearn using "actual" gender, but "assigned" gender. Saying "actual" implies that they're an extreme abnormality and ignores the fact that gender is a socially constructed idea for segregating people based on physical characteristics)
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Oeus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, I know. I actually wrote back to you while it was very, very late at night/early in the morning. Pregnancy brain does not help!

c: but thank you highly for the link, it'll hopefully help plenty!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, no worries either way! :P
And glad to hear it, if you need more just let me know!
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MistressDemon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
lovely colors Clap
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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superkhrys Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
golly gee i just reeaalllyyy love this a lot and THE COLORS GOSH THE COLORS ALL OF THIS IS PERFECT
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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jasemine11 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Sika means pig in finnish. Makes me feel bad :( She is so beautiful.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well I'm sure they don't speak Finnish in this world lol
Also Sika has many different meanings based on the area--and pigs are very clean and intelligent, so even then it's fine? Lol
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jasemine11 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
It seems to be fine. Sika is beautiful name after all.
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ohheyitsjeremy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
SO I WAS SHE IS A TRANS CHARACTER! FUCK YAH THAT'S AWESOME. YOU'RE PERFECT<3
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
FUCK YEAH SHE IS
HAHA, THANKS MAN!
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ohheyitsjeremy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
AH YOU'RE SO GREAT. ASDFGHJKL:::dfgkjbdklf <3
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:blush: :heart:
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:iconohheyitsjeremy:
ohheyitsjeremy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
<3
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:iconzelarkian:
Zelarkian Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I think Sika is my favourite character. I adore sweet, elegant characters and I have a soft spot for transwomen :)
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, thank you so much!
I honestly have a soft spot for trans*women in stories too haha X//D
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kasumi-n-hikari Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :O

~<3 kasumi
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :0
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Chocolatepens Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
It just hit me that her older brother is an earth bender. I'm sensing a scandal.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice catch! :D
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:iconanimepschyco999:
animepschyco999 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
she has literally no tits, but she's pretty
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it's because she has a male body.
She is supposed to be pretty, thank you :)
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animepschyco999 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Oh, is she a transgender woman? that's pretty sweet
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah she is :)
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sunshineLEMONAID Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AND AGAIN
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Same here, Sika is male-bodied, but identifies as female :XD:
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sunshineLEMONAID Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're really great at expressing trans* people as their preferred genders. You're also just a really great artist OTL
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I study a lot of androgynous bodies and how clothes/makeup/etc can transform the body :)
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:iconred-london:
Red-London Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
She's got a lovely body type - I love such frail women :)
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ElenaMegan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my gosh...

I like her!

So cute and pretty, aw may gawsh!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :la:
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ElenaMegan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just ignore those comments that didn't understand types of bodies! Androgynous or not, women are still beautiful!

PlusIlikeandrogynouscharactersanyway./slap
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SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
She is very lovely! And very fashionable! c: I really love her outfits, they are so pretty! ;_; Beautiful work!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ;u;/
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SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
No problem at all. c:
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TazzybizzyNya Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Very pretty. I've been following your work for a while, but for some stupid reason I've never got around to actually commenting. Sorry about that. Anyways, she looks really pretty. Her face is really soft and cute, like a young doll. Sophisticated and elegante! I'm also quite jealous of your ability to draw different body types. Mine are usually very curvy, but I'm getting there. I really like her middle dress because it seems to be a bit more modern, which is something that'd make her unique. Then on the other side of the modern dress, you've got the traditional one, which is really neat. I quite like how you drew the sleeves there, allowing for her thin hands to be seen so the sense of frailty is reinforced. However, (and know that I'm nowhere near an expert on kimonos) aren't the sleeves usually longer? Or does she need her sleeves short for her work? Totally loving her hair and the fact that she's a fire dancer as well. :) I can't wait to see some work of her dancing.

You have a really unique idea that I'm really interested in seeing more of. I believe that you're going somewhere most people wouldn't and exploring a side of war that really does happen sometimes. Good work.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you for such a thoughtful comment!

Kimonos are usually longer, but it's a fantasy setting, so I like to play with the silhouette a little more :P
I've actually been consciously trying harder at curvy bodies; I used to only draw stick-thin people haha.
I wish you luck on diversifying your figures!

Thanks again! Try not to be a stranger :heart:
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