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Ophelia – Part One

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I have been attracted to darker themes and imagery my entire life, and when I started drawing and writing stories at a very young age, those darker interests were very present. As a child I searched for and became obsessed with anything macabre I could get my hands on (despite the efforts of my parents to stop me from getting my hands on such things), and by the time I was a teenager that search lead me to horror manga and anime.

While a lot of what I read was very gory and sad it was considered Shōjo manga, and had very beautiful art and imagery. My favourites were pretty much every work by CLAMP. If you aren’t familiar with there work you can get a look at their gorgeous art style by looking here. CLAMP was a huge inspiration for me because they perfectly expressed and married my two interests; beautiful, flowing art and graphic, disturbing horror. They were the main feed for my emerging artistic style…that I would call “beautiful disturbing”.

Ophelia is very special to me because the intention of her design was to meld soft, elegant beauty and body horror. She is a very satisfying expression and homage to my influences and innate attractions. Through the years, Ophelias character design has stayed very close to the first draft I made when I was 17. I loved drawing Ophelia and have many sketches of her from before the world and the story of West Seven was even properly formed.

I am actually pretty reluctant to post these imagessss (๑´ㅂ`๑) but here are some early drawings of Ophelia. The very first is on the left. Now, looking back on these, I feel like my artistic abilities have progressed to the point where I can express what I stuggled to in the past. My true vision of Ophelia has definitely come into reality with this most recent piece! ( ˃̣̣̥ ω ˂̣̣̥ )

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Wow. Thank you for sharing the artistic flashback. And maybe it’s a little too telling that this Ophelia developed wings – a monstrous, misunderstood angel? Or maybe it’s just a fashion statement. ^.^

I know you weren’t a little kid when you drew these, but it suddenly struck me that some theory on childhood drawings of huge hands or long arms is a sign of anger (she has both), whilst drawing monstrous figures or having no hands can indicate insecurity. Anyway! Pardon my armchair psychiatry and carry on being the awesome artist. xD

AH! I was going to put a note that Ophelia never had wings! It was just the costume haha.

It is funny you brought this up! Around that time I was quite insecure about my hands, I thought they were noticeably too big and sort of manly. (๑ ˊ͈ ᐞ ˋ͈ ) I think because I have drawn so much my whole life it definitely shows in my hands but now I have come to like them quite a lot. It is strange though because I drew a girl with large monster hands before Ophelia, and always loved the aesthetic, so it is weird that I loved the concept in fantasy but felt unhappy about my own hands for so long.

Interesting about the anger and thinking about it I can’t say it’s completely wrong! The psychological link between artists and their work is inescapable and fascinating! (๑☆⌓☆๑)ヾ☆*。

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