Once again, thanks for the interest in S-Class, the book to which Children of the New Era is the prelude, and which seems to be a never-ending journey of writing discovery, for me. Just last week I realized that I had been looking at my book the wrong way. As in, I didn’t realize its unique traits, what made it stand out from everything else in its genre. The discovery caused a few changes already, and more are to come.
But enough of that. We’re not here to talk about my sudden bouts of enlightenment. I promised you that you’d meet the Big Bad of my book. Ladies and gentlemen, hold to your seats and try not to look at him directly in the eyes. Hailing from a maximum security prison, I give you… Tyson.
That’s not everyday clothing for him, by the way. Tyson likes to dress like that when he’s on the job because, despite appearances, that outfit is really easy to clean from blood. Yes, it’s a dirty job, but our main antagonist loves it.
Tyson was the third character that Jazz designed for me, and he delivered wonderfully on the concept that Tyson and Jason were supposed to appear as opposite even in a drawing. Try and compare the two character concepts: Jason has an abundance of red, Tyson is clearly tinted in blue. They’re both smirking, but while Jason can appear playful or taunting, Tyson is… Well, I’ll let you judge. Personally, I think that expression is borderline psychotic.
And that was about the only change we went through, by the way. In the beginning, I asked Jazz to make Tyson mimic the pose of a certain famous villain from a pretty mainstream series -no, I’m not going to tell you who, but you can get it pretty easily- and unlike Jason’s case who was supposed to mimic a certain hero, it fit him like a glove. The only thing I wanted to change was the facial expression. In the original sketch, our antagonist is too posed, too calm, just like the original owner of that pose. But Tyson is too passionate a person for that kind of expression. No matter if it’s fury or glee, he’s the kind of person who wears his emotions on a sleeve.
Which brings us to this round of head-shots, where Jazz sketched a little less roughly the original expression he had been going for and the one I had asked him to try. I fell in love with A. That’s exactly how I envisioned Tyson. Just like Jason, you can tell he’s going to have fun at your expenses, but if with our protagonist people’s reaction may have been to try and wipe that smug expression off his face, Tyson is a bit too deranged looking for that to come from anyone but the most battle hardened individuals. Deranged, unsettling, knowing it and loving it. That’s the kind of person Tyson is, revelling in the effect he can have on people by just standing there, without even needing to use his Skill…
And if that’s not enough to make you run the other way as soon as you lay eyes on him, you should see the company he keeps. After all, no Big Bad is a respected one without a Dragon serving under him…