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MAYA Character Design Sheet by OgawaBurukku MAYA Character Design Sheet by OgawaBurukku
Maya from FaLLEN. I started this in early March to do in between comic pages back when I was inking, since I like to work on several things at a time. But since my table space was covered in comic stuff, I did all this digitally, and that includes designing her aeon dress which I think I redid three times. It looks a little different from how I described it in the book. The earthquake hit here in Japan, I went to stay with my fiancee's family, and three weeks later I decided to give this another go. It's really inconsistent but I guess it doesn't matter because it's not an illustration I'd sell or anything, it's just a guideline.

Maya is supposed to be the prettiest of the girls (though I didn't draw her very well), but you don't really see how pretty she is in her daily wear. She has stupidly long hair, and as an aeon it's at its longest, but in all forms her hair is a bit difficult to style. She talks with a very faint southern accent and speaks in a manner that resembles actresses from the '40s and '50s, and she often uses words that are a bit outdated. So she's kind of like if your grandma now looked 25. She even hates hippies.

This is probably one of my harder characters to draw as well as to write for. She's not a normal Guardian, she's a pseudo-goddess (aeon, as I call it) and is the living embodiment of all plant life. She is also a symbol of "life", and though she can revive fallen Guardians she does not have the ability to take a life, so she relies on her Guardians to do most of the fighting for her. As an aeon she is referred to by her full title, Terra Maya, but in other forms she prefers to go by just Maya.

other Guardians:



Maya me
Paper texture is by :iconstruckdumb:

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[link] <--- for her casual look. It's flowery and all super 90s, I know, but it's what's popular in Japan right now! Too girly for me though, heh.
For her Aeon dress, that is some heavy duty Alphonse Mucha inspiration. I think if you download the pic you can see I did some detailing on her gold plates, but you can't see it at all on these smaller pics :p
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cutic105 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
She's my favorite out of all the guardians :D. I hope they learn to trust her, and also when does the next chapter come out? ( just finnished reading all chapters)
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh yay! Thanks for reading :glomp:

This month has been really busy, but I'll probably have something up next week because I have a few days off then. I'll probably have three more chapters go up before the end of the month :3
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cutic105 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
yyaaayyy I Can't wait :boogie:
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RainbowNoodle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh wow, I think shes very pretty and I adore here different outfits.

she looks very intelligent with those glasses XD

I think my favorite part is how she reminds me of pastell-sh colors haha
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
She's supposed to be very spring-y, so pastels and pinks and flower patterns are what she likes to wear. I'm glad you think she's pretty :D
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RainbowNoodle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student General Artist
I can tell its very nice C:
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Siila02 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the comment by each character... 'there's always time for tea' :D
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Some of the comments are really corny XD
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Siila02 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, true.
My fav is 'When I'm reading, talk to your self.' :DDD
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Paulbosch Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*whistles* nice looking char you got there ^^
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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caydett Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student
Is Maya the same girl that's in this? [link] Your style has changed so much!! Thats so cool ^^

I may sneakily do some fanart of her aeon form sometime... I really love the design~
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, that's her XD And wow, that other picture isn't even from a year ago! My style has gotten... simpler? I dunno. I draw less hair strands and stuff these days.

If you do draw something within the next month or so I might be able to put it in the book, since it got pushed back and all. I'd love to see your take on her, since your girl characters lately have been looking so pretty ^_^
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sweetsorrowsambition Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student General Artist
So pretty!! :D :D :D :D
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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sweetsorrowsambition Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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MaryBellamy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
She's my favorite character so far! =)
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yay :D She has that Disney Princess My Little Pony rider look to her, haha.
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dark-tarou Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my, she's gorgeous!
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! She's a bit of a pain to draw though >_>
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RammsteirNails Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student General Artist
She's adorable!! :love:
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Aurelya-LB Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love this character! she's sooooooo pretty :love:
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! She's definitely my girliest character, heh.
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blueshoney Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Beautiful work! :D While her hair is gorgeous, I can believe it'd be a monster to draw.

Her casual outfit catapulted me to the 90s in a good way, too. I'm also fond of her aeon form!
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Her hair is fun to draw, but a pain to color. So in black and white comic form it'll be great, but I hate coloring this character, heh.

I'm going to have to post a link to the catalog that I used for reference when drawing her casual outfit, since people have brought it up XD Yeah, it's uber 90s, but that's what's in style in Japan right now. Looks GREAT on Japanese girls, but I wouldn't wear it XD
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JadineR Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
:lol: @ her dislikes. Even teamwork, that great deus ex machina?! XD And "Rainbow"...I kinda want to see that weapon now :giggle:

Her Aeon form/dress is so beautiful. :heart: She definitely looks Mucha-inspi, it's like she came directly from one of those pictures :) Her casual wear is stuck in the 90s, though? (doesn't matter I think she looks cute in it <3)
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
With Sam and Arma I drew their weapons, but for some reason I didn't think to draw her weapon here. It's a pretty standard staff... the reason it's named "Rainbow" is because it's named after a pseudo symphonic metal band that often did overly dramatic songs about valkyries or goddesses or mythical worlds or whatever.... and because she uses a staff. A bo. A rainBO. Ho ho. I was going to name her weapon Evanescence but thought Rainbow sounded more girly and more Maya-ish.

I recently bought a big Mucha art book and I just poured over that thing jotting down ideas. My very first draft was almost detail for detail a copy of a sketch he did in another art book of his I own, where flowers made up the dress, but it looked really bad colored. I had a hard time choosing colors... in my head it was always a pink dress with gold and green details, but I ended up making the dress green since she IS flora girl, and all.

Let me show you something: [link]
This is what is popular in Japan RIGHT NOW. But yeah, it's totally 90s. Looks really super cute on Japanese girls, but I couldn't possibly wear any of it.
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JadineR Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
I might have to check out that band then :D And hurrah for puns! :dummy:

Well, since her work outfit is pink, it all nicely balances out that her Aeon dress is green :) And holy moley, that site...I'm having flashbacks XD They have some outfits I like, but yeah I'm in the same boat as you ;o;
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oh-kakti Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
I like her, she has beautiful long hair too!
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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Chugoku-kun Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
D: why you so good?

Anyways, I think this is really great, and very well drawn. Don't deny it. >:)
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Haha thanks XD I kind of wish I could do more with it but I really need to move on to other projects.
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Chugoku-kun Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
:D I wann a see so badly now >.>
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yurizemira Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
D'aww, I love her casual outfit. :heart: And her Aeon form looks great. :thumbsup:
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Her casual outfit is based on the Liz Lisa catalog, which reminds me of clothes I wore back in 1993... it's all really popular here in Japan, though. Her Aeon form is based on lots and lots of Alphonse Mucha art :D
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TheDeathTomato Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very pretty. Haha, she sounds like a fun character to write. I think she does come across as very pretty. Your character designs are very good.
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :D I want to do a painting of her having tea and cake, but I just know it'll take me forever to finish. And her hair... D:
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TheDeathTomato Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
haha I can imagine her getting her hair braided by animals like a Disney princess while calmly sipping tea.
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
And then breaking into song and dance about wanting something more. Yeah, she'd totally do that XD I should draw my girls as Disney characters...
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TheDeathTomato Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yessss awesome 8D
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