EEEEEEEE WIP Picture

PLEASE comment if you fave! I worked hard on this.
(Real title, "EEEEEEEE!!" )

All right, I'm going to try to take part in the 100 Picture Challenge, or whatever it's called here. Basically, you draw one picture each for one of 100 themes. I just started learning how to draw human faces about two months ago. I was going to hold off on entering the challenge until I'd gotten bodily postures down better, but figured that if I waited that long I'd never get anywhere. So I know I still need a lot of work. Maybe doing this challenge will help me improve, maybe not. I like to hope that maybe someday I'll be able to redo this picture and it'll look a whole lot better. For now though, it's much better than what I could have done a couple of months ago.
This illustrates a scene from Part 65 of Return To Manitou Island [link] and pictures the theme of "Happiness." Charmian, Wabasso, and Marten accidentally get caught in a very strange trap which results in a weird mass of weeds and feathers dropping out of the trees and cackling at them. What in the world is this crazy thing? Why, it's Wabasso's long-lost brother Peepaukawiss, of course! He's always been the strange one in the family.
This drawing, of Puka (Peepaukawiss) and Marten, turned out almost exactly as I'd envisioned it and I couldn't stop laughing at it when I was done.
This is just the inked sketch. I cropped off a bit of the background for now. I'm planning on filling it all in with colored pencil, as that's the only medium I have, that and a photo program which mangles my pictures when I resize and try to up the saturation a bit.
Anyway...the next theme I believe is "Under The Rain" and I already have it inked in.
This will be scrapped later on when I upload the finished version. Just wanted to put this in my gallery to brag a bit.
Criticism not desired as I already know all the flaws this has, thank you very much.
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A smile spread across Wabasso's face. He rubbed some of the soot from himself. "It's me! Wabasso!"

The stranger's mouth slowly fell open and he craned his neck, staring at Wabasso with wide eyes. He looked him up and down for a moment; Wabasso held up his little rabbit pendant and the stranger blinked again. He sucked in a breath, and then all the feathers on his head rose into the air.

"IT IS YOU!" His eyes and mouth opened so wide that it looked as if he could have sucked Wabasso in whole, but instead he launched himself right at him. Charmian caught a brief look of panic on Wabasso's face before he was enveloped by the beads and feathers and braids, and Peepaukawiss hugged him hard enough to make his eyes bug and his breath choke.

"I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S REALLY YOU!" he screamed. "LITTLE BROTHER! IT'S BEEN ABSOLUTELY AGES! I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN SO LONG! YOU NEVER EVEN VISIT! YOU'RE ALL GROWN UP! I'VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH! MY BABY BROTHER'S ALL GROWN UP NOW!!" And he let out a wail fit to raise the dead, feathers flaring every which way.

Wabasso started trying to pry himself free from Peepaukawiss's iron grasp, gritting his teeth and pulling on his brother's arms. Peepaukawiss continued letting out a high-pitched sobbing wail the entire time. "BABY BROTHER!" he howled. "I NEVER EVEN GOT TO SEE YOU GROW UP! YOU NEVER EVEN VISIT ME! ALL THOSE THINGS WE MISSED OUT ON TOGETHER!"

"I never even--knew where you--were!" Wabasso managed to get out, still straining against Peepaukawiss's grip.

Peepaukawiss just wailed. "YOU COULD'VE CALLED OR WRITTEN OR SOMETHING!!" He abruptly pulled back so Wabasso sucked in a giant breath, and started looking him up and down at arm's length. "Ohhh, you've grown so TALL! I bet you turn all the ladies' heads wherever you go! You MUST fill me in! Where have you been, what have you been doing all this time--?"

"Excuse me?" Charmian tried to cut in.

Peepaukawiss beamed and hugged Wabasso again; only Charmian and Marten saw the grimace on Wabasso's face when he nearly got a mouthful of feathers. "OHHHHHH! Baby Brother must've been SOOOO busy! I bet you've been getting into all sorts of WONDERFUL trouble without me! And now you come visit me out of the blue! Now we can talk just like old times! You can play your drum and your flute and I can DANCE! And I can make the most WONDERFUL costumes for you--!"

"EXCUSE me!" Charmian yelled.

Peepaukawiss finally pulled back and turned to look at her, puzzled. Wabasso started gasping for breath; his brother let him go when he saw Charmian fuming at him, and his face lit up as he came toward her. Charmian's mind went completely blank before a small voice said, simply, Run. Peepaukawiss was holding her arm before she could even move.

"Who's this?" he exclaimed. "This lovely young lady? Is she with you?" He turned to Wabasso and gave him a sly look. "Wabasso? You dog. I knew the pretty women would flock to you!" He paused and looked Charmian over again, seeming slightly uncertain this time. "Though she's kind of young..." He looked at Wabasso again, whose face went red. "I never would've figured you as the type, Baby Brother."

Charmian's jaw dropped. She yanked her arm away from him and her own face went bright scarlet. "EXCUSE me?!" she shrieked. "I didn't FLOCK to him! I brought him here looking for YOU!"

Peepaukawiss clapped his hands with delight. "So you're flocking to ME--?"

Charmian opened her mouth, but all her words fled her. She could only stand there shaking and boiling, and Wabasso quickly jumped in between them before she could explode.

"No, Brother--this isn't what she meant. What she meant is--"

Marten hopped atop Wabasso's shoulder and hissed. Peepaukawiss threw up his hands and let out a high-pitched shriek, then snatched the Mikumwesu from his brother and promptly mashed him to his chest.

"OH IT'S ADORABLE! I LOVE IT SOOOOOO MUCH! I COULD JUST KEEP IT FOREVER!" He held Marten up above him like a parent holding up their baby and beamed at him. "Aren't you just the CUTEST little thing in this WHOLE WORLD! Yes you ARE! Yes you ARE! You're jusht SHUSH a lil' cutie! Yesh you are! Yesh you are! I want one JUST LIKE YOU! I could love you FOREVER!!"

Charmian's mouth twitched and she sidled toward Wabasso, who could only watch on helplessly as his brother mauled Marten. "Let me guess," she murmured. "He's the drama queen of the family."


Wabasso and Peepaukawiss are from Ojibwa mythology and Marten is from Micmac mythology. Charmian is © Tehuti.
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