Concept sketches I commissioned from hino-kit
to depict Juniper Tu Fong for the redesign of 'What I Learned at SRU' into an original series, currently titled 'What We Learned at Rokudai.' (Uploaded with artist's permission) She is directly inspired by Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Tumblr Reblog of this piece: saint-roku-university.tumblr.c…
Jun is a Chinese gal, a sophomore music major who was born blind. Raised in a rich, traditionalist family by over-protective parents, she developed a bit of a rebellious streak toward the end of high school, and now that she's in college (a college her parents didn't want her attending, no less) she often embraces her independence despite her lack of sight. She can be fairly arrogant and cocky, and often hormonal and inconsiderate of those around her. However, she can also be very steady and stubborn, sticking up for what she believes in. She is at once comfortable and confident in who she is, but can lack faith in those around her and worries that she is not being perceived as she means to be. In other words, she feels quite happy with who she is as a person for the most part, but feels like the world and the people around don't accept her or appreciate her for who she really, which results in lashing out or shelling up and avoiding. She can have trouble expressing herself in traditional means, and relies on her natural talent with music to express her real feelings and thoughts.
If you've followed SRU, you may notice that her revised build is a bit thicker and curvier than she is often portrayed. This is intentional, and I'd like to stick with this direction going forward. She lives a sedentary life style, she is obsessed with potatoes and french fries, and in general I always imaged her as being more curvy than Toph traditionally is. Her revised design is perhaps most far removed from her original SRU interpretation (though Jane did evolve a lot over the course of time and is very different from Smellerbee).
Hino's take on the other characters:
All pieces Hino has done for this series:Katrina Kesuk
- and expressionsJun Tu Fong
- and expressionsJane Fitzpatrick
- and expressionsSiku Kesuk
- and expressionsCoral Kesuk
- and expressionsMaya Chiao
- and expressionsSaffron Fong
- and expressionsAaron Leekpai
- and expressions
An introduction to this project can be found here: saint-roku-university.tumblr.c…
The project's full art gallery can be viewed here: destiny-smasher.deviantart.com…
The story (in its current, 'fanfiction' first draft) starts on DA here: destiny-smasher.deviantart.com…
and can be read on FF.net here: www.fanfiction.net/s/6417590/1…
All art and fiction for the project can be followed on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WhatILearneda…