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Alexandria Masters - 2 of 3 by EchoWing Alexandria Masters - 2 of 3 by EchoWing
Not long after the first drawing of Alex was finished, I asked the artist for a second one depicting her in more casual clothes. This is the primary Alex reference picture, and the one I pointed and to for their depictions of her.

Anyway, Alex has gone through a good many permutations over her five year history as my character. Her basics have remained mostly unchanged; she's a good and decent person, who believes in doing the right thing and in helping others. Tough, smart and brave, but with a good heart deep down. She's a skilled fighter, capable of defending herself both with and without weapons, but generally preferring to avoid a fight rather than seek one out.

One of the major things about her that I revealed early on was a detail concerning her heritage; her great-great-grandmother was from another world, as well as being a member of said alien world's royal family. That moved her directly into focus for the story, and made her the central player. Another revelation was that she was an orphan; her father was a casualty of war, and her mother had passed away some time before the start of the story. As a result, she lived with her botanist grandmother (who also had the misfortune to die).

By the end of the storyline, however, I'd realized that I'd made some mistakes with her as a character. Basically, she was a Mary Sue; she always saved the day, everyone liked her, and she was special in so many ways. Aside from her alien heritage, I'd altered her part of the way through the storyline to have a sexier new look (consisting mostly of being a little taller and having larger breasts) and telepathic abilities. Adding fuel to the fire was that I established her as being a distant descendent of Zeon Zum Deikun (and thus Char Aznable, the rival from the original Gundam series), having both a long-lost half-sister and a connection to an ancient battle between good and evil (a carryover from a Transformer-related series), and possessing the Power of the Nova (a derivation on the Phoenix Force from Marvel Comics), as well as giving birth to twins seemingly without knowing a male's touch. In a story that was ignored (and probably would've set off a maelstrom of controversy), I established that her pregnancy was due to being raped. Probably not a good plan.

Despite that, however, I still enjoy writing Alex as a character. In 2003, I took Alex and some of her supporting characters and altered them for use in the PokéWars, an interactive fanfiction group based in the Pokémon video games and anime. Alex's story was simplified and shifted, her half-sister was no longer long-lost, and she lost a great deal of the power that she had in the Gundam stories. While I made her younger, I've also painted her as someone who's caught up in things beyond her control, things that she can't fix or fight no matter how hard she tries. As a result, she's a much more fun character.

Alexandria Masters is copyright me. Drawing is copyright . Gundam is copyright Sunrise and Bandai. Pokémon is copyright Nintendo.
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Musou-ka Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice character! :D
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! Here's hoping a wide audience will enjoy her.
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WeepingAngel1953 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Nice work.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. Again, however, I only created the character; the artwork is duly and properly credited.
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rickeyracoon123 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
oh very nice
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. Here's hoping the general public likes her.
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rickeyracoon123 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i know
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LadyK Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
You should try your hand at drawing a little, pratice makers perfect.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner May 25, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I should, shouldn't I?

Someday, hopefully, when I have more time to devote to it.
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LadyK Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
Mmhm, wouldn't hurt. I learned a little more with drawing using some how to draw manga books, mostly for poses and what not. But you can also look at others drawings and tutorials here on deviant art. Just type in something like how to draw females or males in search box. Or how to draw bodies. With a little pratice you can do anything. ^_^ Also, if you're not the best colorist I can always help. Just give it a shot.

You got nothing to lose. =3; Of course if your thing is stories you can probably find someone that could help you with characters and what not.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner May 25, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Truth is I tried my hand at drawing a few years ago; I was discouraged from it after receiving some rather harsh criticism (though that was due more to poor coloring on my part). But considering I've been faving tutorials left and right, I owe myself the chance to take a stab at it again.

And someone helping me out with the writings wouldn't hurt either. I'm always welcome for collaboration.
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LadyK Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
That's great. I believe you do owe yourself the chance to try again. Try not to get too discourage about criticism, that's what it's for. To help you improve, but there is a fine line between critizing and bashing.

Mmhm, well I'm always here. Try giving drawing another stab at it and tyring a few doodle and poses.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner May 25, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'll get started soon; thanks for any future commentary.
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kazema Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
She looks beautiful and sexy. (^_^)
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EchoWing Featured By Owner May 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you like her, and thanks for the fave.
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kazema Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
You're welcome. (^_^)
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MDFive Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks so cute! Very nice drawing!
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
I only wish I'd done the drawing myself. Alas, as you know, my skills lay in writing and not artistry.

And yeah, she was meant to be a most attractive and adorable young woman. And as I've said in an early journal, feel free to have fun with her.
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MDFive Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright...
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Cool-user-name Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
WoW, you sure did write a lot there!!!! Nice pic though.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
'Sides, she had a lot to write about with.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. I'm just lucky I managed to find a decent artist to draw her; I can barely draw my way out of a paper bag.
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