But it does mean that, at least theoretically, I should be able to show you the images that I scanned.
The main design here, though, of note is the face. Completely from scratch, I managed to make a face that I instantly fell in love with on my first try. (The tries below were attempts to recreate it, unsuccessfully.) That's why everything on the page says stuff like "badly done", "roughly done", "crude" or so forth, but the face does not: the face was the validation for the existence of this brainstorming session where I just doodled away.
I don't know the date of it (I only date finished drawings, and it never got that far), but the above eventually led me to create this:
And me using this as a reference, I was able to make this:
It's artistically...appealing. It's sharp, yet sleek, simple to draw with practice, yet complex enough to be eye-catching...I really think that I've built something special. It's him as I envisioned him. He's come a long way from the sprite art he started as. In fact, have a look.
And now, not at the hand of someone else, but at my own, I have created a Davos that to me...fulfills every aspect of his character, plus the little add-ons that got attached along the way. The white gloves, the scarf, the armguards, they all gave his character an extra "flair" that felt vampiric, and given the addition of the leg armor, I basically got the design I've always wanted for him.
I've said to other artistic depictions of Davos, "That is Davos". But those were other artistic depictions, be it a program or fanart. This one is all me, entirely my own design. (Albeit taking obvious cues from outside sources. Have to balance originality and practicality; designs that are too original would be infeasible to actually wear not to mention draw. Plus some people come up with cool ideas, and it's hard to reject them simply because it was their idea before my own. Still, though, entirely DRAWN by me, and having the exact design dictated by me.)
I'll be trying to color him now that I have him, but it also reminded me that I've got other characters to give redesigns to. Argus has a design I'm quite happy with, but I need to actually do it from start to finish; last time, I cut corners (albeit still making an awesome image; variants of said image are still in rotation to this day as my avatar in some places) and used a process that's by my current artistic standards obsolete. Aria I mostly redesigned but didn't quite finish; I should do that. Sasha, I have sort-of redesigned in doodles, but I need to make it official and keep it as simple as I can.
Sanik, Tyra, Sarge, M, Kinas, Sinaer, Nathan, and Enlecar I haven't consistently designed for in ages. I've made up story justifications for their outfits being artistically impractical in certain areas, but it'll be easier if I can simply redesign them in a manner similar to what I've done with Davos.
And I haven't designed Lord Demon or Indigo Montimer since their doodles. Their teammates (which I seriously need to stop forgetting the names of) have sprites, but haven't actually been designed at all.
So basically, what I'm saying is that drawing-wise, I'm one down, and have fifteen to go. But I want to color Davos first, and make him as stunningly gorgeous artistically-wise as I can. Butyeah, got some work to do.