Wow, April 29th, 2013 seems like such a long time ago.... and yet it's as if it was only yesterday that this gallery started out with a simple sketch of an OC's face and bust in pencil only. We've gone from this:
to doing stuff like this over the last 5 years:
My, how colourful things have gotten!
That first OC's grown aplenty over the years and many others have joined her along the way for a plethora of grand stories, encounters and fights.
Everything started with an Energizer Bunny, then along came a puppy-dog eyed Chibi-Tatsumaki; an obsessed, beautiful and angry Prom Queen, followed by a Baker-Boxer and her Boxing Glove Trio - making for one of the most unique cafés one could ever find!
Then there's an eccentric trainer, an aerobics-80's inspired, fast-talking tough gal, a professor-nerd fighting gal with an equal rivalry among the Boxing Glove Trio, that Bunny's close friend with the industrial-strength massaging hands, a "problem solving" high school senior with a trusty girl-gang, a lovely and beautifully talented songstress and music company owner, a mischievous yet spicy-hot girl from the Hawaiian islands, and a very entertaining commentary team that has made every big fight event all the more entertaining!
Yet to come is the appearance of one half of that broadcast team, a no-nonsense referee and who knows what other fun people will show up in all those pencil sketches and other media to tell a story. Everything started with Tamao Silver and grew from there with the help of a lot of great, creative individuals, as well as the many all over whom watch me and my simple pencil works. I've been blessed to have met so many supportive people and creative minds with whom to share ideas and character interactions with.
Too many to mention (You know who you are!), so I'll just keep it simple - for all whom I've met and all those who watch this humble little gallery, a warm thank you for the last 5 years! Your support and ideas are deeply appreciated! Here's to the next 5 years of fights and storytelling!
Out of all of the OCs here - Tamao/Jura/Kanata/Kagami/Yvette Chan/KANBARU/Lilly Blair/Yukinoshita Aria/Kuribayashi Mitsumi/Kuroyama Nanami/The Boxing Glove Trio (Hikari/Annette/Manaka) - which ones are your favourites and want to see more of? What do you want to see more of happening going forward? Somebody win something big, or be part of a fun set of image stories? We'd all love to know who's made the most impact on you.
Hopefully, I'll someday be able to get back to those long, multi-part matches, but for now I'll slowly be presenting sketched story-driven stuff.... though I could always use some help if anyone's willing to lend a hand in one way or another!
Thanks again, everyone! Happy drawing time, and fight on!