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Solaris Sketchdump 2 by Tyshea Solaris Sketchdump 2 by Tyshea
RAAAH ANOTHER SKETCHDUMP. I'm sorry that I've been on such a kick with this project lately, but hopefully I'll be able to focus on other stuff again soon (like PT oh my god my muse is all over the damn place)

On the topic of gender neutral pronouns and why we decided to choose it:

Solaris is heavily inspired by the Avatar cartoon series, that being a Wuxia, pan-Asian setting. Me being Chinese American and all, really wanted to put some of my culture into this project, and Mandarin as a language doesn't make any distinction between "him" and "her" (except when it's written, and I'm pretty sure the gendered third person pronouns are more of a modern invention)
Since me and Bee are also putting a lot of Queer/LGBTQIA+ themes in it, I'd been playing with the idea of using gender neutral pronouns for everyone, and Bee was really excited about the idea. So basically in Solaris, he/she pronouns don't exist in their language.

As a note for anyone who might get confused or have a hard time transitioning, it won't necessarily be insulting for you to use gendered pronouns when referring to characters, and sometimes you may catch me and bee doing it too. SO please don't worry! It's not really about the character's identities so much as their culture. Basically we'll still use man/woman/guys/ladies, etc etc... just no "he/she" or "his/hers"

The pronouns we'll be using will be they/them/theirs, and sometimes the abbreviated "em" (inspired by the Spivak pronouns)

WHOO, HOPE THAT MADE SENSE, sorry for the long explanation, but feel free to ask for more detail!


Hope you enjoyed the dump! :icontearplz:

SOLARIS by Tyshea Bulls in the Bronx by Tyshea Solaris- No More Living in Dust by Tyshea Solaris- Assassin line up by Tyshea Solaris Sketchdump 1 by Tyshea

More of this project can be found here
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:iconeyrin:
Eyrin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is probably the best character development and design i've ever seen in a cyberpunk story, and i'm really into cyberpunk. Amazing job, so inspiring!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! So happy you think so! :)
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The assassin masks look badass !!! :D
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:iconhexsy:
hexsy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Ah, this is gorgeous. And Sika's hat is so cute!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Xalath Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love kye~!
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Toastedrainbows Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I really love the look of this world, the bright neons against blacks and grays has a really cool punk look to it. Keep being awesomeness!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really happy to hear it, thank you so much! :love:
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Iiwi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, I really like the new changes.
Where the pronouns could be they/them/theirs, and em ^^

I think that's really creative and bringing a thing to this world which makes it even more amazing then it already is.

I adore all these sketches and the world that you guys create v.v!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! I'm really happy you like the world so far, we've having a blast making it!
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:iconiiwi:
Iiwi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
You are welcome always! ^-^ I am happy, you guys are the best. Keep up the good work.
You two are a lovely team.
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VampireSensei Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Dear gods, why is your artwork so positively LOVELY. 
I envy your amazing skills. 
The details, and colours, and different shapes of the characters....it's all so wonderful!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you so much! :blush:
I'm flattered as all heck, so happy you like it!
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:iconvampiresensei:
VampireSensei Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
You are very welcome! 
I really do love it all. I always look forward to your work and the awesome stories you and Ai-Bee come up with. :)
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Tenor Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Seeing the thought process and practices and planning behind everything as you go really has got to be one of my favorite things about what you do with your work. Seeing it all fully come together just keeps making me all excited and eager to see what'll fully come out of it. 8D And damn I am in love with the background ideas. /happy rolls around~
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That means a lot to me, I love sharing my process and getting feedback from everyone :blush:
Thank you so much!
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amuhn Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
//rolls around// aaaah I just love your art <333 The twins are adorable, and I love how unique you make all the characters!! You know that feeling where you just wanna gush a lot about how awesome something is, but you have no words? That's what I'm feeling right now, haha XD. I really love your work, thanks a lot for posting this! Hope to see more soon!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god, I'm so flattered! X'D
Thank you so much dude! Hopefully it won't be long til I can post more for this project!
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SingolDarkwood Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Ffffff, those prototype assassin masks are sexy as hell too.

And Christ, that scenery.... gah! The twins are so cute too... nnnngh *like usual, I have nothing constructive to say XD*
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Constructive or not, I love seeing your lovely face Siggy
Thank you! :la:
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:iconthedovachiief:
TheDovachiief Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Writer
the original mask designs really remind me of Isaac Clark's helmet in the Dead Space series.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hence why I didn't go with them in the end! :XD:
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DeutscheCamila Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
The "they/them/theirs" idea is incredible! I hope we get to see more on this gender neutral culture, or that you find more ways to show us their concepts of gender. And as always flawless art.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really excited too! For some reason I never thought I'd get the chance to explore something like that in a project of mine :) Can't wait to see where it'll take us
Thank you so much!
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Kapalsky Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I won't lie to you, the sketchdump and super-gorgeous as always (love Kye's intense stare :D), but those panels really excite me. I can just imagine the amount of hard work behind it. and that's coming from a guy who hates to draw BGs.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha glad I'm not the only one who hates BGs :icontearplz:
Thanks a lot though man! Drawing those panels made me super excited too, ahh! 8( Gotta focus on one project at a time
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:iconnattic:
Nattic Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm loving this new universe! Especially Kye. :heart:
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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bobodogx Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Those assassin masks are so awesome. Love the varied body types and faces in your drawings, too.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TheDivineMissM-94 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm completely obsessed with the Yosei twins' hair.

So many amazing character designs I can't function :squee:

And those backgrounds too :icondatassplz:

On the gender neutrality, I think that's an awesome idea. I had no idea Mandarin doesn't have any distinctions between 'him' and 'her' either, that is also awesome.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I love drawing the yosei twins and their stupid hair ;v;
Thank you so much!
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HJeojeo Featured By Owner May 11, 2014   General Artist
oh god i could just kinda either melt or seizure from 
HOW HAPPY YER ART MAKES ME
//flails
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
NO SEIZURES ARE BAD FOR YOU
THANKS THOUGH MANG ;^;
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mcuc Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Even if these are "only" sketchdumps I always love to look at them.
It gives an idea of the evolution of your work and the progress you make.
I especially like the glowing effects that you use in your solaris drawings but I also like (alot) that you use different styles (look at the background drawings! AMAZING!). Even at your not so detailed drawings I can see that you were not mindlessly drawing lines but really have an idea while doing it.
Seems like you currently like to play with colours, thats nice.
so continue to post and to let us "participate" at your work
HIGH FIVE *bläm*
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, I'm really happy you dig it man! ;___;
I love sharing my process with people, honestly, so it's always nice to get feedback like this. Thank you so much!
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Amazarahi Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student General Artist
ooooh my lord THIS IS SO AMAZING like vikgugu ugh I dont even have words for this ugh. I love it to pieces
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HAHA "vikgugu"?? Thank you though! :XD:
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:iconamazarahi:
Amazarahi Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I was just smashing my keyboard in excitment XD awkwardly enough.
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Drey15 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dunno if you covered this somewhere else before, but are those symbols on the masks the planetary symbols? They look really awesome. This WHOLE project looks awesome haha! :D
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes they are! You can see them more clearly here: tyshea.deviantart.com/art/Sola…
Thanks so much! :D
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Drey15 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wicked awesome! And can I just say, I really like the diversity with your characters in relation to their sexuality. You don't see much of the LGBTQIA spectrum on TV or in books besides lesbian and gay relationships (or at least, I haven't been exposed to content that does). I'm appreciating how expansive this community is.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really happy that you're digging it! I really want to do my part to promote more thoughtful and individualized diversity :)
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:icondrey15:
Drey15 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol well, you got that down! :D
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jeckald Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those masks are so sharp and refined and awesome :D And everything else is awesome as well :B And aww yisss gender neutrality :thumbsup:
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, glad you like it! Thank you so much! :D
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:icontmorey64:
TMorey64 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :)
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TMorey64 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! :)
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Ryou-kuga Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is gona be awesome!
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