Been working on commissions today. Well, that and answering a large email pile. Most of my current commissions are original characters invented by the commissionee. It's kinda fun to do those. People always have long descriptions and references and stuff. And it's cool to think that everyone all have a special or several special characters they invented, close to their heart. Something to work on, to motivate them. Some turn into characters that they share with the world (Harry Potter was once someone's "OC"). Makes me think back to the time when Namesake was only happening in my head. I hope my art encourages them to create even more.
Plus everyone is always so stylish.
In other news, i've been reading two manga series, Monster and Fullmetal Alchemist. Unlike many people, I had never read the FMA manga in full (i'm a couple of books short) or seen the "brotherhood" anime in full. So, this is a fun experience. I already love everybody thanks to the books I did read and the first anime. Now that i'm reading the manga, I can see why they decide to make a second anime that follows the manga's story more closely.
It's not that the first anime was bad. In fact, it's pretty good. But it removes a lot of the really, really good things and original things the manga had. Heck, the second anime toned down a few of those things too. Among those things, there was Alphonse's turmoil. There was a bit of it in the first anime, but not as much as in the books. In the books, it's really all about Ed, Al and Winry. All three are the main characters, rather then just Ed. You see what all of them go thru, and realize how much it sucks to be Alphonse, stuck in an armour and unsure of his existence. The girls are a lot more respectable in the manga. The first anime (and the second one a bit too) tended to put girls "back in their place" as the "hero support team" rather then characters in their own right.
As much as I love manga and anime, I have accepted that a lot of it is very sexist, both in shonen and shojo. Girls do their girly thing. And it's fun to see a series that subverts that. I can see why people who had read the manga hated Winry in the first anime series. She looses a lot of her awesome. She gets "rectified". And that's a bit sad.
Either way, I still love all forms of the series. Though manga gets the first place. I need to buy them all.
Also, Edward's faces. Man. They always get a laugh out of me.