Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

         It has been a little while since I've posted a nice substantial update. With some changes going on with some our internal properties, (which should be detailed sooner than later by Tyrone) today I decided to post some early PCPai designs I had in mind for an eventual series which will later go on it's main page.

Pai's mother "Anima", codenamed Cespool at the time.

I remember toying around with a few early concepts for our young witch hero, Pai Hex-Haggle and her family. I did like the idea of how she would have wicked step-sisters that would torture and demean her because she could not control magic but I knew from jump it'd be cliche. I fiddled around with their dynamics a bit more, taking some elements from my own upbringing and giving Pai a parent with anger issues and a overly-mothering grandparent as a counterbalance. 

In her early stages, Anima (above) had hands and feet that she could transform into any sort of animal/plant life she wanted, earning her the nickname "Were-Witch". These powers however, only had implications in action-scenes so later I began thinking of some practical uses for them, rather than just "MY HAND IS NOW A GIANT COYOTE CLAW! BUSTER-WOLF!!" So yeah, she'll be going through a bit more changes. Anima's disgruntled demeanor towards Pai (her daughter) still remains and her attitude/worldview are the prime reasons Pai takes off on her own in the short film in the first place. In her day, Anima was widely disputed as the most powerful Sorceress so imagine her frustrations when she realized her own daughter was unable to conjure anything without assistance. Other misfortunes occurred way back when that has stripped her of rank and public respect but I'll reveal those details another day.

Miasma, also known as "The Magical Happiness Grandma"

    Miasma was directly inspired off my own Grandmothers and is Pai's biggest fan. Miasma's early design is a little more sneering and disappointing than I currently have in mind for her character but where Anima puts Pai down, Miasma takes out the time to lift her granddaughter up. She actually has spent much of her life strengthening her community and now runs a home taking care of five other children that technically are not hers by blood. She can be absurd, senile and even tenacious, especially in her unorthodox methods of creating magics and spells, breeding insects as magical energy conduits. Miasma is incredibly spiritual and believes strongly in a "higher power" and that everything exists to replace and improve upon "what has been put before us". She's not pleased with the verbal and somewhat physical abuse her daughter Anima bestows on Pai from time to time and does her best to correct it. Though it mostly falls on deaf ears, Miasma takes great pride in Pai not for her magical prowess but for her own strength of character.

I think next week, Ill post some images of the more anticipated Kuki Krumbles and Aggie Magnus. Until then, back to the animatic of PCPAI. Ill just leave this here since I've just NOW started listening to NightWish. This is how late I am to the Internet. 

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Bee and Puppycat for making it's Kickstarter goal! 

-- Christopher Wade
Founder/Creative Director

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