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The "Rebels" Trainees

These are the initial designs of the eight trainees in The Rebels of Planet Aadau. I drew this in 2001 and entered it (and many other drawings) into my high school's anime club contest. Didn't win anything, though.

In hindsight, I have a lot of problems with this drawing. Meh-Eh-Vah looks like a mutant Scyther clone. And why is Meh-Eh-Eh standing on her hind legs? (If you read the first chapter of "Rebels" you'll know what I'm talking about.) And Meh-Eh-Tiu just looks... weird.

I shouldn't be so hard on my past self. After all, it was like the fourth time I ever attempted anything anime-related.

Just so you have a frame of reference, this is what they look like now. And by "now" I mean quite a few years ago.

Initial Design: Meh-Eh-Au

It's criminal how little fan art I have of my "Rebels" characters recently, considering I used to draw those guys all the time back in high school.

Actually, I think this one even predates that. I remember drawing it during spring break one year, so I'm guessing it was sometime in '00. Yep, I came up with the idea for "Rebels" in eighth grade. My, how time flies.

Side note: Meh-Eh-Au's hair/mane looks SO different. Same with those eyebrows.