MK_Wizard:Keep in mind, he's a side character. He is out of the five main couples in the story that winds up repairing their relationships. The reason for his failing marriage is insecurity and not just on his part, but also on his wife's with her own social insecurities on herself. In his case, his insecurity is body image issues.
I actually like tgat, a lot of tropes have women being insecure about themselves physically, so having it flipped from what I encounter normally is slready intrigueing.
Sounds like a great character arc so far! Depending on what time period you're doing it in, there's tons of different kinds of prosthetics, too. Financial issues might even prevent him from buying a proper size or type, which may exacerbate his difficulty with mobility. If he's shy about others discovering his leg, he might avoid others with the same disability, which further limits his access to support groups and knowledge from others like him. etc etc.
A type of hero I like is the kind that ACTUALLY has something to lose.
Like if they're in a world where people are resurrected regularly, and they die to save someone else, I don't find it has the same weight.
A little person (low social standing, low self worth, very shy or introvert) who stands up for a bullied classmate, knowing there will probably be retaliation, has my attention. Someone in a position of power who stops the bullying is also doing a good job, but they're not as inherently interesting to me.
I love people who struggle to make good decisions. The guy who risks losing his scholarship if he flunks his next test, and then he finds the answer key randomly. Do you cheat and secure a better future for yourself? Or do you walk away and potentially lose your only opportunity?
I came down here to post a few facts about ppl with downs, but after reading through the posts, I see you were thinking of switching to a physically disabled character.
Whatever you choose, I want to say the underlying thought of including more visable disabilities is pretty cool, and I respect that. I've been researching myself to include characters with disabilities. I've run across some good resources in the past, and I'd like to share at least one:
It's a blog called "disability in kids lit" (kid's literature). Basically, they get a disabled person to write a critique on a kid's book that features a protagonist with the same/similar disability. The person critiques it for believability, among other things. A huge thing that always stands out is whether a writer did research or is just relying on stereotypes and tropes, which is quite boring. Nothing necessarily wrong with using stereotypes, depending on how you use them, but unique characters are always more interesting!
I will share some generic tips I found, which can apply to whatever character you choose to make.
-Don't be afraid to pair disabilities! It can be tricky, but MisE above pointed something out - ppl with downs often have vision, hearing, metabolic, tongue and heart disorders. People can have any number of medical disorders, physical disorders, cognitive disorders, and of course mental illness.
-If you're making someone an amputee, don't be afraid to make it a birth defect. The stereotype for physically disabled characters is car accident - I think ppl forget you can be born without arms/legs, etc.
-Think of cultural stuff around that disability. Did you know the most aborted kind of child is the disabled child, which includes down syndrome? In certain countries (iceland I believe), the population of ppl with down syndrome is pretty much 0. If your character visits a country like that, they might get stared at more because no one is used to seeing or interacting with that kind of person.
-Don't be afraid to show ppl wearing medical bracelets or necklaces, or eating pills with their meals. You can have ppl in the background with obvious disabilities as well - having them normalized as part of a regular crowd helps.
-Challenges! Someone with a disability is going to face different struggles then someone without that disability, physically/mentally/emotionally. There's a deaf girl in Jericho during an intense hospital scene. The doctor doesn't realize she's deaf and tries to hand her a stethoscope and tell her to listen to the heart beats of the fetus to monitor it, and she says she can't - she's deaf. There's a moment of stunned silence as the doctor realizes and he gives the stethoscope to someone else. Later the girl breaks down - her disability prevented her from helping in this very important way.
Walk around and imagine you're in a wheelchair. Could you get to all the same places? Could you open heavy doors, or jump a tall curb, or go into a restaurant with a few decorative steps? Is there room for you in the movie theatre, if you wanted to go?
I had two other resources that I had used a long time ago and I'm cranky that I can't find them. If I do, I'll probably post and tag you. Whatever you choose, just remember to give a thorough research. :)
I'm getting a little frustrated with a coworker who is assigned as my partner.
I feel like every week I have to have a talk with him about something he's doing, which makes me feel like a giant jerk. But at the same time, I feel like he is not mature enough to work in emergency services or around people with vulnerable emotions; his social skills are very poor.
I've been trying to put him in situations to encourage him in getting new experiences and growth, and then I take the time to discuss with him afterwards, but I feel like it's a lot of effort with little return - he shows no initiative to learn more or to be more. And he's a bit blustery, so he sometimes pretends like the things he's learning are things he's known all along. He has expressed that he learns more with me because I'm very calm and explain things well, but he doesn't go out of his way to do anything more. He constantly has to be told by everyone (me, coworkers, manager) to do things.
I'm not certain this is the right career path for him, and I'm frustrated thinking that, because I don't want him to get fired or anything - I know how frustrating it can be between jobs. But I'm also irritated that I'm in a position where I have to be a constant finger-wagger.
Day 12: Kelpie!
Kelpies are scottish creatures, mythological horses that nom on humans. They're from the water, and the water is usually where they try to trick you into traversing, so they can drown you.
Day 14: selkie!
Selkies are celtic mythology, creatures that can shed their seal skins to become women. The ringed seal I wanted to use for the pelt is actually found in northern canada as well, so I made the human an inuit woman.
B.W.K., I notice your pictures are all really large (width x length) and also in file size (I think your recent one was about 1.5mb). I haven't read your comics, so I'm not certain if you were having issues with cropping or shrinking (there's an app you get get on your phone that lets you compress the file size so it loads easier without losing too much quality - it's called Lit Photo). I have to zoom out quite a bit to see your photos, so I was worried ppl with slower computers might be having issues seeing your drawings as well.
I like how you have the fence in front and the door in behind to frame your character, and how you're varying your line weights. :)
Inktober Day 10: Pattern. I did America Chavez, the paramedic of the Marvel Universe, with a striped jumpsuit. It looks good on her.
That looks just like her! I like the stars on her sneakets. (dumb question though, what do you mean she's a paramedic? I haven't read the recent Chavez comics but I thought the setting was that she was a student in a college?)
Day 10: Unicorn!
-When some jerk keeps interrupting you when you're reading the best part of your story.
I've been keeping up okay, just hadn't had a chance to post on CF side. Week 1 is done!
The "husky" prompt is so wholesome. It reads as a troubled or brooding man being comforted by his dogs. Love it!
Day 8: Gumiho!
Gumiho is basically a korean version of a kitsune - I had to look it up, I've never heard of it before! They also shapeshift, have magic, and play pranks, but the distinctive difference us they have a pearl that contains all their wisdom.
I didn't like how the fur turned out, but I never draw animals, so it was a good learning experience.
ReinderDijkhuis:They're hotlinked from my Wordpress blog on my own server, but that may have been down for a moment. I can see them just fine including when switching browsers to one where I'm not logged in to WP and haven't looked at those images before, so I can't reproduce the problem. Is anyone else unable to see them?
I see them now!! That must be what it was. :) I like the group gathered around the doctor - the different body language is really good.
Day 6: Husky. Yesterday I had a busy schedule and drew like a wet noodle when I finally did get around to drawing. I’m still in wet noodle mode today, but at least I had more time to fix up the worst errors in my traditional ink, and to cover the rest up with colors.
Absolute Unit has been pursued by the police, but has so far managed to elude them. Traditional inks, fixed up and colored in Autodesk Sketchbook.
Day 4: Freeze. One thing I miss about drawing comics in a purely traditional way is the ability to create over-the-top ornate word balloons. Having someone speak frostily with not just icicles dripping from the word balloon, but with igloos and penguins and frost fractals on the surface. So here’s one example. But who will get to talk like that? I thought it might be a good idea to have a villain speak those chilling words. So here’s my new super villain OC, Theodorus Peel, a tech billionaire with a sideline in medical experiments on living people. His dress is casual-ish, his hair is unassuming, his bodyguards can knock a whole dimension out of you with their bare fists. Do not cross him.
Reindeerdijkhuis, I actually can't see a picture on either of these comments? I'm using mobile, so maybe it's a problem on my end tho. I will be using a laptop later and I will check again.
Kokoneos:Idk what Attack on the Titan is? Is that like gods vs titans?
It's a fairly gory anime about these tall, humanoid monsters who eat people. The monsters, called titans, allhave really creepy or interested looks on their face when they see a human. So now whenever I see a big thing looking at a little thing with interest, my reflex is, "oh no!!" haha
Please pray for me. According to the tidal wave of hit pieces written about this movie, it will turn me - a nerd with mental illness - into a white supremacist woman-hating terrorist that will immediately buy a gun and commit violence. Or something.
Media and their garbage pearl-clutching reviews have everyone so riled up that police are getting posted near movie theatres.
Police. AT A BATMAN MOVIE.
Anyways. I apologize for being cranky. I hate it when you're excited for something and then there's this weird avalanche of people condemning that thing.
Kokoneos:Didn't have much time today for an ink-sketch unfortunately so I spent about 30 min on this sucker.
B A I T Image
Oh she's so adorable OMFG RUN RUN!!
Ever since watching "Attack on Titan" I never look at Giant/Tiny art quite the same way, haha. I love his look of excitement though!
I will be uploading mine early because I'll be busy tomorrow.
Day 4: Dragon
(I did a butterfly dragon, and I suspect if this were a thing, it would probably spend just as much time stealing pollen from bumblebees as it does getting pollen from flowers. In this pic the bumblebee doesn't notice the dragon and the dragon is nomming on the pollen sac, haha)