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No Manual for Life by Chiharu02 No Manual for Life by Chiharu02
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This is for the Hot Mess contest by :iconsilentreaper:. The Comic Hot Mess is about high-school freshman named Anna and the different sides of her psyche represented as animals. The contest was to draw yourself and at least one animal representing your psyche. I took the idea and ran with it.

The horse, or Dash, represents the instinctual and free spirited part of my psyche. He wants to be free from life’s troubles and worries but is also a pack animal and needs to be accepted by others to survive. This is the part of me that tells me to be myself and have fun while reminding me to be careful to not upset anyone and in turn make as many friends as possible.

The badger, Grumple, represents the violent, stubborn, and prideful part of my psyche. He always wants to fight to solve problems and refuses to look for other solutions or admit to being wrong. Although most of his suggestions are way more violent then need be, he helps me to be strong enough to overcome any obstacles in my way.

Fretta the field mouse is the timid side of my psyche that doesn’t speak out but instead freezes up or panics when there’s a problem. Her motto is back down, run away, or whatever it takes to avoid the issue. She takes over more so in situations that are uncomfortable or unfamiliar. Grumple is always yelling at her for her timid nature.

The Border collie, Stasia, represents lazy part of my psyche. She tells me to do whatever requires the least amount of effort. Though she is often a huge hindrance to school and other work, she reminds me to relax and take time for myself. Her mellow nature is also very attractive to guys, which would explain her position in the picture.

Last is Emily the barn owl. She is the intellectual part. She always nagging me about work before play, basically like my conscience. The reason as to why she’s pulling my hair is because I don’t normally listen to her, no matter how important or correct her advice may be. However, she usually manages to hush the others up well enough to make sure I make the right decisions when I really need to.

I’m so beyond proud of how much work and effort I put into this. I worked on it on and off for a month. Starting a pose sketch and putting it down. Making the info on the psyches then putting them down. And so on and so forth. I used a bajillion references for colors and to make sure the positions didn’t look funny but it was worth it. I really hope I do well in this contest. I committed myself to this and I hope it shows. Wish me luck!!



Tools Used: Wacom Intuous4 tablet and Autodesk Sketchbook Express 2010
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MattsyKun Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XDDDD the border collie's all like :iconohuplz:

Very nicely done! :D
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Chiharu02 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :la:
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