The Echoes Saga has been with me for about a decade now, and the story has slowly grown and evolved over time. There are a variety of design choices and thoughts I had about direction and theme-ing of the story, some of which I’ve drifted further away from; some because I couldn’t find a way to have it fit the characters and the story, and some because I am simply less interested in the choice as I once was.
Bec changed a lot from her more original design, both from how she might express her abilities to her actual appearance/design. There was a time that I thought maybe action and fighting would have a strong presence in the story, and it is one of the major things that I’ve found myself moving away from. Bec’s design changed a lot when I was playing with this idea, and a large amount of her concept art includes a weapon, which I’ve struggled to understand for the character. There are choices that have become a part of Bec for me and parts of the story that relate to some of these choices, so it’s been difficult to approach for me.
One of Bec’s hobbies or perhaps interests is dance, and before the death of her parents she took dance lessons, which was something important between her and her mother. This becomes important beyond a deeper view of the character, because dance is to Bec what art is to Kelly – and has always been a consideration for a method for her to channel spirit energy. I’ve avoided changing Bec for some time, and the decision to explore her without a weapon was rewarding for me in that it made me realize dance is likely the way to go. I wanted to draw her consumed by her inner fire, and this was the result.
Honestly though, it will be a while before the story reaches Bec so we’ll see what changes happen before that 😉
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