I have been taking breaks to work on a personal project plan. I like to work on a series of art so everyone often finds I have multiple different styles, medium, characters and more.
This time, I want to focus on developing Little Hero. Little Hero is a part of Child Heroes Album. It will be Original Character of course. So I had always wanted to create a character that represents myself, one example project would be the IAM character. But IAM tends to be so modern looking and not cultural, also the concept cannot deeply say anything about me. Little Hero will follow Japanese culture, the culture that I am so attached too, even more than my own culture.
I have been developing it through sketches and note but haven't created any art piece for it yet because I want to make sure the plot is strong and interesting. I also need to make sure I researched enough to really build a character that means so much to me. The story behind Little Hero concept is related to my dark side story. Which also show a lot about myself but I will reveal about it in each artwork. I chose Japanese culture concept because I grew up with Japanese culture. Even though I am Vietnamese but I absorb other cultures very quickly and Japanese is way too strong that I wish I can create something out of it. I could not express how much I love Japan and Japanese culture because I was told I am not supposed to. But now I am old enough to want to do what I feel like to do. I want to express my interest because it expressing is a job of an Artist. I have so many things that I want people to know about myself through my artwork. I grew up teaching myself Japanese manners and I found myself at peace. Everything about Japan I found it very interesting and attached to me, somehow I feel like my past life belongs to Japan (without even noticing).
The word "Little" is actually talking about age. 若い (Young) 英雄 (Hero). Like the word "Child" in Child Heroes. Tricky but that is what I really want to express. In real life, am not small in size but I always wish I could stay as a kid. Not to look young but rather to be innocent, rather than dull with adulthood. That was why I create Child Heroes from the beginning.
Little Hero Series is base on 100% true story
My art make it more fantasy like, more imagination, but the story is true.
I am in the progress of painting and writing at the same time so I still have some mistake in my story and English is not my first langue.
The character are created base on real human's characteristic in the true story. Only some of their real names are characterize into Japanese to fit with the concept and animated base on their individual personality.