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Watching Over You by Miliki Watching Over You by Miliki
I decided to start drawing this image due to a (negative) comment someone made about vampires as characters. That and the fact, my good friend Kaylin has been going through bad news over bad news and figured our two male characters together would cheer her up. What I got (implied) that vampires are horrible characters due to their mass poor creation by RPers in the early 2000’s. And yes, I did create Deimos, my vampire in the early 2000’s with a good friend from High School. At first, as an expected reaction I was angry but then I thought about it.

Characters are more than just their species and coloration. They are the embodiment of thought, fun, and story that go behind them. They are also reminders of times that you spent with friends during those RPs. I, have bad legs, and was not able to run and play most sports when I was young, and only have more ailments now preventing me from doing so. Role play (RP) was one of my few methods of entertainment. And even if my characters may be Mary Sue’s, I can look at them and remember the times sitting under the tree with my best bud, telling stories of their grand adventures with her characters.

And while my character Deimos has shifted over the many years of RP, and his background changed a little, he is still a vampire, even if he is a cross breed now. And I like him. He is a part of me… Like all of my characters. They are contain a facet of my personality (some more than others). And being upset turned to pity as I realized that maybe they did not have the opportunities to create characters and have fun with friend’s way back when. I know I still do to this day, with my mate, and my friends, it is just a little more structured now, and there is one person telling the story rather than multiple contributors creating a world.

I think what upset the individual though was not just the fact of vampirism though but was the fact the I mixed mythos’ and religions to create my parallel world that my characters lived in. Yes, they live in a modern world like ours, with cars and technology, but there is magic and adventure. And religions are mashed together a bit and traditional mythos skewed. But isn’t that the case in most modern entertainment now a days? Thor (from the movie) is a superior alien race which could be considered a God in comparison to mortals. Dr. Who, just about every mythos we have is explained by being alien or advanced technology. Not to mention all the different animes out there whom have taken religions from across the world and twisted them. There is nothing wrong with taking something and turning it on its head, it is all in good fun.

So take the characters you have and revel in them. Enjoy them. It doesn't matter what anyone thinks or says about those characters. You took the time to take them from your mind and bring them to life. It doesn't matter if they are a sparkle dog, wolf, a Mary Sue, or even a vampire. What matters is that they have some thought, creativity, and fun behind them. And I know every time I look at Deimos I will think of my good friend, no my sister (not blood relation), and all the fun we have together and the amazing world/story we created together. Love ya sis, hope this cheers you up a little.

Alexander Lucrasey (black haired one) belongs to Kaylin
Deimos (the naga/angel/vampire) belongs to me
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yin17 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
So cute Miliki!!!! I love this (your art is always epic!!!) and I love and agree fully with you on Characters being more then just a thing. Yin has been part of me for years and his story of his past never changes much but I don't change it myself Yin tells me more about him and helps me fill in gapes or tells me things I have yet to learn about him. I love Vampires and Werewolfs and creatures of the unseen or mythic world, or other worldly (though for me other worldly beings are something I well admit I am scared to death of, unless they give me no reason to be afraid.) and for me I'm like you on finding RP as a way to "entertain" one's self but I also find it as an escape from the everyday life and living a side of you that you can NEVER do in the everyday life we must live, and I mean that I mean I can't just walk around town with 30 (or more) daggers attached to me and just start randomly throwing them at people for the hell of it, I mean unless I wish to go to jail. but in the worlds I can escape to and allow my other sides to live let me get out my craziness in a safe way as well as let me grow as they grow and allows me to explore ideas thoughts actions and lives I wish I could live. and because of that my characters become real.

I truly love this work, they are both so smexy (you always do such nice work)
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Miliki Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. Yeah, I also have used RP to escape from reality too. It just sucks when you have physical limitations and you create something to get around it and then someone criticizes it. It really hurts... But I am glad to see everyone who has commented on this and feel the same way about RP and characters they have made. And it is always wonderful to hear from you Yin *hug*

And thank you, Yin. I have been trying to improve <3
I have been noticing an improvement with your art as well.
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yin17 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
it is sucky when someone criticizes something you have put your self into just to have someone shame it. but the great thing is when you happen to fall into the company of those who understand the hardships of making a character someone you see as ones self.

and you are very welcome! *hug* you have been improving a lot sweety
and thank you I have been trying really hard on my art work. so I am glad someone noticed.
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Miliki Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course I have noticed. I am sorry I have been so quiet. I have been more of an art creeper recently. I am trying to get back into the swing of commenting and what not. 
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yin17 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
hehe totally cool sweety I have those moments a lot as well hehe
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Belial-Volta Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Hear hear! I agree with you wholeheartedly. I got irritated when someone called Characters "Tools". To me, they are me, or my children, or my friends. I tend to be a mix of intro- and extrovert, which is really frustrating, because I want to be alone, but I want friends. So I have characters. To me, they are my children, because I created them. They are my friends, because they're there. Some of them are parts of me. Zigor is my pain, Kraje is my rage, Mark is my shyness...

So I am both irritated at the person, but I'm also sad for them and their characters. They'd rather throw them away, kill them, than try to work with them. Mark, my albino, he's been with me for... 15 years, give or take. He holds the record for being the most active, awake character for the longest time. (Unlike most of my other characters, who "fall asleep" or drop out of my mind for a bit, go silent.) He was created as a psychotic descendant of Link, but changed to an average normal boy save for his albinism, then evolved into a shy Unifier, and is currently very happy being a withdrawn, afraid Goldblood (dragonlike hybrid of a human). And as weird as it sounds, he is happy with that right now. I've tried to push him back to being the Unifier, and he protests. He doesn't like being a human after being a Goldblood. XD Mark scores as a Mary Sue, but I absolutely refuse to change him. He's almost like my baby, but he's done so much to himself, so he's about 80% his own... Not to mention what makes him a Mary Sue is what makes him Mark so I won't change him. XP

So here's to characters being characters, original, mary sue, sparkle wolf, vampire, dragon, or whatever! They are our creations, our time. Most importantly, they are ourselves, our children. No one has right to tell us how to make our characters or if they're 'poorly made' or not. Here's to our children, made our way, for us, and not for those snobs! :D
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Miliki Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing that with me! I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who puts part of myself into my characters and have been shunned or judged poorly because of what they are or their story background. And it does. It hurts when people make negative comments about them because in most cases they are a part of you. I know Miliki has been with me for... Almost 20 years now... And she is a mary sue (storywise) but she is also me personality wise. And you can't just judge someone based on their species. Just because you had one bad experience with a species type doesn't mean you should hate on all of them. Deimos and Miliki are both primary facets of my personality. Miliki is my fun loving motherly type who loves to be with her friends and Deimos is my perverted jerk who is actually a caring individual underneath those scales of his. 

Thank you again for sharing. Doing this picture and hearing what people had to say has been very therapeutic and has made me feel much better about my thought process and my characters *hug* 
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Belial-Volta Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
*hug* You're very welcome! It's a shame people are quick to judge characters/people on a label.. :( *hug*
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Miliki Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really is a shame that people label. I just feel better now that I have had all this feedback. And that I should only take the negative that others say with a grain of salt.
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kaylin05 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
XD I LOVE IT!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3
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