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Character Profile sketches by KayFedewa Character Profile sketches by KayFedewa
Hi again guys,
Have a whole sheet of character head concepts - I cut out my favorites that I think im going to move forward with and made this image so you could see.
Im trying to make sure that, markings and colors aside, each character will look different
I still have more character heads to make, then i am moving onto body shapes.
let me know what you think!

Nightingale, Dawn and Bear (last 2 names possibly placeholder) are old friends. Night is a master hunter, Dawn a master tracker, and Bear a master of martial arts.
You may recognize 3 of the juveniles - blood swift and rip
Walnut is a new one - shes still being designed. Though technically they *all* are still being worked on -even these profile designs are by no means final. Ill be redesigning body shapes, and there may be some slight changes to everybodys colors and markings.
 
I need to do a lot more of these, so Ill be updating it as I add more. A majority of the old BBA characters have been removed, and some new ones have been written in that need designing.
Ill also be going through and trying to salvage bits and pieces from old characters I liked - for example you may notice that Bear is quite Warbound inspired. Its been neat looking back at my old stuff and seeing a few things that I still like (normally as artists we look back and go "ewww what was i thinking!" and that is about 99% of the time for me!) But sometimes I will find a motif in one of my designs that i still vibe with.

 I forgot how much fun it can be to design faces. Maybe Im too subtle about it though and should be pushing shapes even further. I suppose its a balance - I dont think I want the world looking *too* toony, but i definitely want to capture *character*!


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SnowyWhirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
How and where do you buy the BBA series is it a book or a comic?
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Winter-Bone Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The faces are very well drawn. I 've been reading your comics since you first published them and bought your first edition of the BBA series. I loved the story line you had going, yet I'm sure with your brilliant brain you can add on to it. I really liked your art style and honestly used your work as a ref to create my own. I think the expressions have become a bit too tooney, especially Swift's. Blood is perfect staying bitchy and grumpy as per usual, but I can't help but prefer your previous style. This new one seems more sketchy and blocky and a bit more tooney. Don't get me wrong, I still adore your work, I just miss the old style. I hope to see more of your work in the future as the new story line progresses. Keep up the brilliant work Kay <3
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the honest feedback. The "tooniness" level is definitely a delicate balance that im trying to feel out right now. My latest feelings on the concepts have been akin to what youre saying. I think the "blockiness" is a big part of the problem. I think the forms need to be broken up with more furriness - smaller clumps of fur rather than really big, smooth ones. Hopefully my future drawings will reflect that
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Winter-Bone Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Of course, I'm always happy to. And yes, that perfectly describes what I was saying. I think changing your style can be quite healthy to your artworks development later in the future. All I can say is your work is still nonetheless brilliant and continue to study your style more as it progresses. I can't wait to hear the new story line <3
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RainbowSamcat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
I adore ur Art!!!! i really want to try drawing wolves like urs!
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REINDE-ER Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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    After all these years, Rip is still my favourite character of yours. The differentiating physique and facial features is fantastic! Keep up the great work.~:heart:
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
As always, blood is my favorite! :heart:
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool concept heads

I like the variety n form n shape
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Hawkfeather5811 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Nightingale ^^ He's awesome!
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fanfictionaddiction7 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I love how all of them are different styles!
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AngelWolves1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, Bloodspill looks so beautiful but still looks so badass!!! Cooool :-D
With your new style, you can REALLY bring out the personality the character has just by his/her's looks :D:D
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aridapi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
so much personality in one pic great! Dawn is soo beautiful 
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mamaf0rk Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Im really diggin Dawn and Bear's facial shapes. They're really different and make them stand out to me. Rip's does too. I really love this new style you're going for and I really hope to see these characters more!! Really lovin to see you back :)
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback and support. Its very encouraging !
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xvosjex Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Yay! I love to see Blood and Swift again ^^ 

I love the characteristics of all the faces and heads. Keep up the good work!
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Tarunyada Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks great, Kay. Your old style was awesome, but I must say, I'm already deep in love with your new one!
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
im so glad! i do worry people might not likeit as much!
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Tarunyada Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes that's always the problem with new styles. Maybe there are people who don't like it, but keep in mind there might be even more people who like your new style better ;)
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay Blood still lives. <3 She always was my favorite (still have her statue glaring down at me from the bookshelf XD)
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Etkri Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
These are great, I hope to be able to do some nice fanart for them in the future. c:
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nightingale fanart would probably blow my mind
im totally in love with this character right now:)
im glad you like them!
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Etkri Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
like is an understatement. c:
you should post more of these on fb so I may spam them with looove
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is some wonderful character design! I love how you played with the different shapes and physical traits, it definitely gives them character without being "too much of a caricature" if you know what i mean - each of them are unique in their appearance and yet they stay very natural, you can definitely tell them apart.

Keep up with that, I'm looking forward to what you may come up with next in terms of character design. :)
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Kittlums Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Much love for the Dawn  character! Will we be seeing more of her? :)
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MAYA8562 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
I am very curious hopefully be successful :)
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
These shapes all seem plenty unique enough for me. :) You're doing a really nice job with these!
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
This is lovely! Both you and Fable have influenced me to experiment more with body styles when it comes to characterization, I think this is a fantastic example of that. I especially love how scraggly Riptide looks, most of the time wolves drawn like that tend to end up very coyote-looking, but you've managed to keep his wolfishness intact. And Swift looks so much more ladylike! I'm not sure if that was intentional, but she's definitely more feminine looking.
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trylliogy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
i was a giant fan of your older series, but i'm so glad you're kickstarting it again!
it definitely feels like you're going to put a lot of effort into making this revamp, and i want to say that i'm super super stoked about it!!! <3
omg just look at these pups, the essence of adorableness.
i have to say that one of the things i noticed in the old comic was a lot of dogs looked exactly the same (WHICH IS ACTUALLY OK because frick the comic was so cool anyways it didn't really matter) but this new 'style' and detail you are putting into the characters is great.
i really like the obvious differences between the adults / pups, and males and females. you didn't have to add eyelashes for me to tell which ones were the girls.. . HA.

also, i really love the differences between swiftkill and bloodspill, you can tell that there is a resemblance but there is enough of a pleasant difference.
i absolutely cannot wait for the other concepts! <3
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
I am definitely putting in more up-front work this time around.
There was no script to the old work - we worked page to page until lack of direction and planning became a serious problem. 
Working in the game industry I have discovered the value in propoduction before tackling a complex project - planning and concept art go a long way.
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trylliogy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
no problem!! <3
i had a similar problem with one of my old projects, i just did chapter-to-chapter, which ended up being confusing and in the end things happened twice (because i forgot they happened before) and ugh it was terrible.
i love concept art and creating it, especially beautiful scenery- aAaaah it's so nice. * W *
i also have a knack of coming up with characters left and right, so maybe it's in my blood haha.
aNYWAYS i'm glad you have a more solid surface to work on, sturdier ground ya'know? it'll be easier to build up from here!
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah thats what im hoping! but writing is hard lol
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trylliogy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
ommmmg i know the feel. i put an idea in, take it out, decide i like it again, wonder how to plot and add in main characters. . .. bLEH.
what happens with me is i come up with a bunch of ideas, but i can't put them together into a form that makes sense! ; ___ ;
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milovanf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Bloodspil face, it's so funny, like: I'm serous. :iconimseriousplz:
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ShibaSnowyNatural Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I
LOV E
BLOOD
since the very first moment I saw her!! She's just so BADASS and my favourite type of character :D
I'm still trying to get a figure of her :D
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m445 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I gotta say, this is the sorta thing I envy about other artists. One day I'll develop skills just like this. Great work! :D
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CeilingFen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww man I'm so glad to see some of the older guys  again and Bear looks like a badass. Riptide's always been my favorite and I can't wait to see the redesigns >w<
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WolfRunner5987 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I hope is that you'll keep Blood's character design. I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves it, but yeah. c: These are looking great though!
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SillyDoo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wuuuh, SwiftKill looks like a Fox, Dawn a beautiful polar wolf and Bear... A bear xD
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katerina101 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
soooo very happy you have started working on this again!!!
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XxCactusxX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Amazing!
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Shadow-of-the-Wolves Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like these! I believe you've got the characters' personalities captured well. Can't wait to see the outcome! :la:
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nightspiritwing Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I've got to work more on making different looks, i've kind of got "same face" going on in a lot of my work and that drives me insane so I definitely admire your ability to do so here...teach me your ways of not making "same face"
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
For me right now I'm just goingthrough and looking at every part of the face like ear and nose and chin and cheek etc and asking myself how this one can be different from the others. Tracyjb has an excellent journal up right now on character design! I recommend checking it out
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LiveLifeWolf Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh Nightingale you handsome devil :heart:
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know right!
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LiveLifeWolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That face is just... *melts into salivating mess*
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Rika24 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Its great to see you back, and i love the characters so far. My only issue is bear being a master martial artist... it doesnt make sense. But overall i love how you design your wolves and look forward to where you take the story :)
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks for the comment! would you mind elaborating on what you  mean by it doesnt make sense? Thanks again
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Rika24 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
when i think of martial arts i think of punching, kicking, swords, nun-chucks... pretty much ninja and samurai stuff. i mean, i know you're just saying he's the fighter of the group, it's just strange to refer to a wolf's fighting style being martial arts ^^;

it would be even more confusing if the characters actually refer to his fighting style as that, since it i a human thing. (i've just finished reading Watership Down and loved how the rabbits had their own names for human things lol)
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah i see what you mean - a master of combat then!
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