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A:CtS Character Study [TI JINH] by Tyshea A:CtS Character Study [TI JINH] 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 :)


This is *Ai-Bee's character, Ti Jinh.

TJ is an honest, straight-forward sand-bender with a heart of gold.
He's thin and self-conscious about his body, but he holds surprising strength in his arms, especially when he needs to protect someone he loves.
He identifies as male.

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RenToRyuuIntheTardis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I identify so much with Ti Jin right now like u wudnt even XD. Like what is this I dont even. <3
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're nothing like him lmao
RenToRyuuIntheTardis Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is likely true. I wonder if there is some anger in this response. but in the case that there is I would more than like to discuss that with you reasonably. I've addressed an issue from prior in a note with sincerity.  I do not wish to invoke your hate and I apologize for my ignorance.  

As well, I'm sure as the creator you are witness to far greater nuances of identity and can assess from your side what fits into said identity and what does not.  At the same time, I am also a person who is a quantum of nuances.  Still, I admit that the sides that I display sometimes are mistaken and poorly conducted.  I'm sure you're aware that your remark could be taken as a personal attack since you've witnessed that I do fluctuate in terms of minding the non-hetero community.  I may be assuming again but I just wanted to facilitate the thought that perhaps your choice to use an attack on my identification was a poor one.  Of course you may be right.  I am a changing person and do not necessarily know myself fully. Still, I do not think that using attacks such as this promote the greater ends of continuing a sense of humanity and compassion.  

Again, this is assuming that your response is an attack.  Just to be clear, I am not intending to insult you in any or anything of that nature.  I simply wish to address this as it stands.  And because I respect others and would like to invoke their reason, I bring this discussion.  I know I've committed a slight towards you and I am deeply sorry.  Still, I would like to engage your reason rather than your anger.  I've continued this discussion in a note but on the whole, I apologize for insulting you in the manner that I did.  Your work is uniquely potent and unparalleled because I have witnessed few and far artwork that celebrates the nonhetero/non-gender normative identity.

Lastly, I think you should be careful with your words because as you may know the transgender/transexual community go through many struggles and nearly half at a time will take their own lives because the discrimination they suffer comes from all fronts.  Often times it comes in a form of rejection of their identity.  Of course, personally I'm open to learning more about myself but just wanted to point out that challenging a person's identity is a dangerous game especially with such delicate individuals. The internet is a powerful place full of hate and pain.  This is most obvious in spaces such as youtube.  I would caution you to reconsider the next time you choose to use such slights. 

Although, I admit I deserve your slight.  You have every right to be angry with me.  But in that case please deal with me as a person rather than attack me in such a manner.  I intended to commemorate the space you create for non normative individuals in my comment. Perhaps you thot this was disgraceful? It is a service that you provide by giving them an advocacy of beauty and aesthetic.  But perhaps this is eye for an eye. I insulted you and I deserve an insult in turn.  

I do not wish to defend myself but only open you to these possibilities that I have mentioned. My goal if any is to negotiate this slight that I have made towards you because you did not deserve it and I was rude and ignorant. In all honesty, your remark was somewhat painful.  I could easily respond with a return of an insult or derogatory words but I know that that would do nothing for you or for me other than promote destruction and hatred.  I could also just turn away and dissociate from this entirely.  I choose not to because I would like to be honest and open rather than default to anger.  This is also because I very much respect you and the quality of your work as well as what your work does for the non hetero/non normative community.  I've mentioned this in the note but I have little experience in the business of art and did not realize the insult I created as I have never conducted myself in such business.  I was not witness to the perspective that one's art is a talent that comes in service and price.  I was going to mention negotiating a commission but I failed to do so and I apologize for my rudeness. I was thinking of making an open nonspecific request to begin a discussion but I in turn offended you and am troubled deeply because you are not a person who deserves to be treated so and I apologize for my behavior and my ignorance.  

sorry for the wall of text, your response stirred some things that I thought could be addressed through discussion.
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I never insulted your identity. How the hell did you get that from my answer? I assumed you were talking about his /personality/, not his gender.

I'm non-binary so trust me, I know what it's like to experience gender-based violence and I am the last person to do identity-policing. The fact that you're pushing that onto me and demonizing me with that assumption really tells me a lot about how willing you are to own up to your rudeness.

I am very careful with my words when it comes to actual gender issues, but IT IS NOT my responsibility if you take my comment completely out of context and are hyper-sensitive when I react badly to someone assuming things about my (and my partner's) characters. To me, you were objectifying him simply due to his gender identity--while completely ignoring his personality-- that upsets me. You may be trans (or however you choose to identify), but from your comments in the past I have seen that you are not like him.
I wasn't even thinking about his gender at all, because to both of us, he is so much more than that and we hate seeing people diminish him down to NOTHING BUT HIS GENDER IDENTITY.

Think about how YOU word your comments in the future. There's a big difference between saying "I'm so happy to see trans characters, because I'm trans as well" and "omg hes just like me omfg what is this even" as if gender was the ONLY PART of his identity. Do not diminish him to that.

My bad if I think about personality before gender-- I didn't mean to nullify your identity or anything
RenToRyuuIntheTardis Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hrm. I see that the extent of my words seemed also as an attack.  I will admit I did overreact because somehow my night did not end well that day.  You do bring up a very poignant point that I did somewhat touch on, which is that you are aware of far greater depths of character being the creator of this character. 

I apologize for my misunderstanding and how I mistook your remark.  I suppose I was in a very emotional place at the time.  But I do apologize that I made it seem that I was demonizing you.  In fact, that was the last thing I intended to do.  To extrapolate, I was merely trying to take apart a hypothetical slight and break down what might have been the intentions behind that.  But as it has been made clear we meant very different things or perceived very different things when interpreting your initial reply; thus, I was deeply mistaken and admittedly gladly so because the way I had perceived it was surprisingly upsetting. 

And I appreciate you pointing out a very important flaw that I've made and have since been unaware that I did objectify this character by utilizing their identity as a hand-me-down symbol.  

And I admit as well you make a good point about how I phrased my initial comment and further elucidates the work I need to do to inform myself.  

I'm sorry I bring so many words and I think that's what initially made my response seem patronizing on your character/person.  Of course this initial response was also tainted by my emotionality at the time but this was an unfortunate mistake and I wanted to elucidate some areas of significance that could be related such as identity politics and vulnerability.  As I expected though, you are well informed on the matter and have demonstrated ways that I could better inform myself on such matters.  

On a final note, I'm sorry for bringing on this stressor and that it made you feel as though I attacked you.  I tried to use careful language but I will persist to better curtail my words so they can do a more effective job at delivering the meaning I intend to convey; thus, in sum you are not a person who deserves to be demonized and I apologize for making it seem so and this too is meant not to be an attack but rather an apology and admittance of my mistakes. 
Erichan8DD Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incendavery Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this character so much I could cry. It's so hard to find trans* guys in comics. (I can probably count the ones I know of on my fingers!) I've been told I shouldn't get worked up about it because we're such a minority, but isn't it natural to want characters you can relate to?

Also, I've been wondering, how does he bind? (unless he doesn't have to?) I feel very strongly about including trans* characters in works, but I always hesitate how to portray binding in settings wher proper binders wouldn't be an option. I worry that using any sort of strips of material would contribute to the harmful misconception many young trans* people get that ace bandages are a safe binding option.

Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much dude! Admittedly I was just in the middle of dealing with some ignorant comments on him in another picture, so your comment really made my day :)

To answer your question, he does use wrapping of some sort, but not much. He's got a pretty small chest so he relies on layers for the most part.
I actually got so used to drawing bandages for chest-binding that I've only recently started re-evaluating it. Thanks for bringing it up, since it's something I know I need to fix but haven't yet.

Also if you'd like to know, this character was created by my girlfriend, *Ai-Bee, who also has another trans*man in her gallery here:…
And I have another trans*man for another project here:…
Just if you were curious! :P
incendavery Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly can't count the number of times looking at your art has cheered me up and made me feel better about myself, so I'm glad I could return the favor for once. :)

Hmm, that makes sense. The whole question of binding without binding is a toughie, huh.

Ahh, I didn't notice those two before! It's great that they're all so different from each other too, wow.
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, it is a toughie! I think I may need to do some research and get back to you on that.

And I'm really happy to know that you come to my gallery often, thanks for all your support!
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