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Skylight Stories Kawena Character Profile and Creation Sample - Protagonist So-Rin

Updated: Mar 28

It’s been so long since I last colored something, normally I just do sketches. Fallon has fine lines, So-Rin has bold ones to reflect their individual characters. I had to scrounge the house to find the 12 colored pencils I used between them, but I think I made it work well enough… It was so refreshing to try using colors again! Although it’s a bit difficult making lighter shades without white (understandably) so I made their colors bolder than they might actually be. Either way having sketches is a great help when writing!

And here’s So-Rin—I redressed him in his best buckskin clothes after my latest revisions to chapter 1. I have a bunch of notes all around him as reminders, so it's definitely more conceptual or rough-sketch level rather than something I would consider "finished."

He’s a bit of a girly-looking guy (don’t say it’s because I have a hard time drawing guys! Though I wouldn’t deny it…) and I originally thought of him as a big-sister type of character to Fallon when I considered writing from Fallon's perspective. Probably my favorite part about him would have to be his piercing eyes. I only penciled in his wings in this one, so I'll have to redraw him later. Designed after a Great Blue Heron, his coloring may be cold but he exudes a warm, confident character. He’s so tall he doesn’t even fit my scanner! His clothes are a lot thicker than Fallon’s and have coarse stitches/bindings, but he does his best with what he has.

Be sure to check out my story featuring him! You can find a creative writing sample and chapter 1 of the story uploaded here as part of my portfolio.

Along with my plans to publish an Illustrated Novel, of course there must be pictures - I would love to see Fan Art if you are a fellow artist! Who knows? It might even get published as part of the book :)

I'll probably be updating this as I work more on the story, but here's So-Rin's profile at present:

Basic Statistics (Updated 7/14/2017) 

Name: So-RinAge: 21

Nationality: Avin – Swim / Soar type

Socioeconomic Level as a child: Only child on the Grotto.

Teacher’s pupil.Socioeconomic Level as an adult: Would be welcome and prized anywhere.

Hometown: Grotto Isla

Current Residence: Grotto Isla

Occupation: Hermitage / self-sufficient lifestyle.

Income: N/A

Talents/Skills: Strong, fast flier. Hunter/gatherer.

Salary: N/A

Birth order: Unknown

Siblings (describe relationship): Unknown

Spouse (describe relationship): None

Children (describe relationship): None

Grandparents (describe relationship): Unknown

Grandchildren (describe relationship): None

Significant Others (describe relationship): Teacher is only other friend, he is dead. Thought of him like mentor/father figure.

Fallon – only other Avin he has ever known, quickly develops a pair bond with them, though does not realize it.

Relationship skills: Very few skills developed other than with teacher. Befriends animals easily. He would like to be a Teacher to someone else, but there is no one else around. A bit selfish. 

Physical Characteristics: 

Height: 7’4”

Weight: Main Body: 225

Race: Great Blue Heron / Common Loon Mixbreed

Eye Color: Yellow

Hair Color: Blue-gray tinted hair. Individual strands are thick, yet silky and oily like a Heron’s or Loon’s feathers.

Glasses or contact lenses? None.

Skin color: Gray-brown.Shape of Face: Rounded.

Distinguishing features: Uses complex tools to make up for humanlike / webbed fingers and toes better suited to swimming and catching things.

How does he/she dress? Tribal ; wears feathers and animal skins of his kills. Creates the illusion he is even larger than he is.

Mannerisms: Wild, curious, but precise and predator-like.Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.) Has the bad habit of not cleaning his room.

Health: Excellent.

Hobbies: Flying, exploring, decorating (painting on the Grotto walls), tending to teacher’s gravestone.

Favorite Sayings: Next time I’ll fly even faster!Speech patterns: Immature, little filtering. Says what he thinks.

Disabilities: None, but webbed fingers are a bit difficult to manage when attempting dexterous activities.

Style (Elegant, shabby etc.): Tidy, but rough clothes.

Greatest flaw: Few experiences (especially with others – has few social skills)Best quality: Not confrontational or aggressive; is playful and diffusing even during what would be dangerous situations (can also be a flaw) 

Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes 

Educational Background: Only what Teacher taught him – mostly about how to survive.

Intelligence Level: Average – ADHD-like qualities due to hunter/gatherer lifestyle. This downplays his actual intelligence.

Any Mental Illnesses? Somewhat hyperactive / always itching to move.

Learning Experiences: Childhood mentor, Teacher.

Character's short-term goals in life: Find food. Find water. Maybe a bath today… or tomorrow. Fly!

Character's long-term goals in life: None in particular. Maybe leave the Grotto.

How does Character see himself/herself? Strong.How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others? Teacher says “Miraculous.”

How self-confident is the character? Very. Bounces back from losses quickly to challenge again.

Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? Emotion.

What would most embarass this character? Realizing something is not as he thought it was / being told that his teacher is wrong would make him mad, then he would challenge the person to something, and being proven wrong would be embarrassed. 

Emotional Characteristics 

Strengths/Weaknesses: Smart, but doesn’t always think things through / physically above average strength / speed.

Introvert or Extrovert? Extroverted, but never been around more than teacher and a few animals.

How does the character deal with anger? Immediately acts.

With sadness? Denial.

With conflict? Fights / faces the challenge.

With change? Wonder and awe for new things that are good/nice, strongly rejects what he doesn’t like.

With loss? Pretends loss never happened to the best of his ability / replaces or fills the void if he can. Tends to get locked away and forgotten. Lives very much in the moment.

What does the character want out of life? Fun, to prove oneself, activity, overcoming challenges.

What would the character like to change in his/her life? For Teacher to live / to find a student / to be less lonely. Birds aren’t all that smart of companions.

What motivates this character? Fun! Flying… thrill and excitement.

What frightens this character? The thought of losing something / of having it disappear entirely.

What makes this character happy? Playing games and having fun winning! (or losing can be fun too! Means fun in the future.) Having someone appreciate him/teacher.

Is the character judgmental of others? Curious, comparative judgment (“that’s not like Teacher would do it… Not what Teacher told me…”)

Is the character generous or stingy? Stingy, a bit self-centered if not outright selfish (never had to share with anyone – guards treasures.) but can be convinced otherwise if he won’t be losing anything. Would give if he would get something back.

Is the character generally polite or rude? Can be somewhat rude – never developed a filter, has few social skills. States the obvious. There would be no white elephant in the room with him. 

Spiritual Characteristics 

Does the character believe in God? Knows of Cress and Nassima, the progenitors of sea and sky – curious about the “sea.”

What are the character's spiritual beliefs? Teacher taught him of Nassima, of the air and the flow of waves, all are connected…

Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life? Yes.

If so, what role does it play? Teacher’s grave – daily tells teacher of his experiences, etc. by his grave. Prays after kills and converses with spirits.  

I would love to know what you think! I very rarely draw guys, much less write them, so any insight or ideas would be very much welcomed ~


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