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Sittin' Up In My Room by jbwarner86 Sittin' Up In My Room by jbwarner86
I've been devoting a lot of my Forever 16 efforts lately to fleshing out Michelle's character. I kinda feel like I don't utilize her enough aside from being Joel's girlfriend, so I want to start thinking more about her as an individual character and writing some stories where she's the star. By drawing her bedroom, I can give folks a good sense of the kind of stuff she's into.

It's funny how it is when you've created your own characters. Rather than just assigning them whatever traits and interests you feel like, it's more like they already exist out there somewhere, and you're just trying to stay true to a personality you already know exists but you don't have all the details yet.

EDIT: Case in point. I looked at this one a bit more and decided I could do better. The Wreck-It Ralph poster, while cool, is really more the sort of thing that Kendra would have in her room. But Michelle is a big Harry Potter fan, so she'd probably have at least one poster to show for it. Plus, she has an Xbox 360, so she's probably got at least one Halo game, which prompted me to add another poster to the wall. And the wall itself I recolored to a more soothing peach color instead of the garish yellow it was before. I want the color scheme of Michelle's bedroom to be pleasant and inviting, just like Michelle herself.
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SB1991 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BTW, what happened to the one with the Wreak-It-Ralph poster? Did you delete it or post it someplace else?
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IloveThesimpson Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
seriously i realy love your art ! :love: great work !! :love: 
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IloveThesimpson Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
really nice picture :love:
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Muffin-Smasher99 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovin the serious black poster in the back
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Match25 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
she is cute
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Edd-Madd Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Could you do the same with Katy?
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Waterotica Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Props for the Halo 4 poster on the right... I knew Michelle was cool like that.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Oh, she's cool in a lot of ways. :D
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MDFive-Art Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's looking good, and something like this helps to flesh out your character(s)
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dth1971 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
It was also a 1996 song by Brandy.
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andrewk Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Also, would a Wreck-It Ralph poster really exist in the 90's? Sure, the arcade game would, but that's not named after Ralph! That's named after Felix! We can assume, then, that the poster could only have been of the movie, which shouldn't exist in the 90's, because the plot kicks off from Felix celebrating his 30th anniversary of the game.... which wouldn't happen until 2012! Great eye there!
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
This drawing is set in the present - or rather, the not-too-distant future (January 2013, as evidenced by the calendar on the wall). Forever 16 skips all over the place between 1990 and today. It's just that most of the strips I've done this year are set in the '90s.
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andrewk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Ah. Okay, I didn't know where this comic is set.
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A-Dawg13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Nice! :D
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Pretty
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Cute one
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I think she's my fave of all your characters... she's got that little something that attracts attention in a good way :)
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shareyourworldwide Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Neat collection she has. :)
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's high time you used her on her own. But her room seems to be a little anachronistic.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice job in this one.
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MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Sorry for another comment, but if i can make suggestion make background detail have much more finer lines,
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MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
PS I saw Wreck it Ralph for the second time today, totally cool movie, I even stayed in for the glitch Pacman reference
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MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Your inking in her face is very cool, your getting better
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Yeldarb86 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute. :D

Chuck Jones once quoted how he did not draw Bugs Bunny, he drew pictures of Bugs Bunny.
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Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Neat! I love using real props in the background. [link]
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cresent34 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Nice Pulp Fiction homage.
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Tatertot88 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm confused...if she's from the 90's how does she have a Wreck it Ralph movie poster? That kinda like an easter egg? I could understand if it were a Wreck it Ralph game poster though.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Forever 16 spans from 1990 to the present. This is what her room looks like now. (Or more specifically, what it'll look like next month - note the calendar.)
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Tatertot88 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Or is this just like, because I couldn't think of a different reference *blarg*, The Simpsons, where the character's are perpetually the same age? because if so I totally retract my previous statement lol.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Yeah, the characters don't age 'cause it's a floating timeline. Hence the name "Forever 16". :)
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Tatertot88 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Once again lol did not know that was the particular reason why it was called that, thanks for clearing it up though. Last question...why are they always dressed like they're in the 90's? I think THAT'S what really threw me off. I never really noticed the time difference. I guess i haven't been truly observant of the ones that reference 2000.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
In my most recent batch of Forever 16 strips (the ones I'm submitting to :icontorquesmacky:'s BANG), I haven't drawn any strips from the 2000s yet. But when I do, I'll try to make the characters' clothes reflect the fashions of the time, as I always do. It's not easy to distinguish '90s fashions from '00s fashions, because fashion for teenagers in general hasn't changed much in the past 20 years.
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Tatertot88 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Eh, I definitely beg to differ about teen styles not changing in the past 20 years,but that's of course my opinion. Anyways I can't wait to see these 2000's based comics. Hopefully they're dropping in soon?
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Tatertot88 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh I had no idea it spanned from then to now. I always just see them having references back to the 90's and none of the characters look as if they should be the correct age to be living in 2013. Is there like a FAQ or something for Forever 16? Just so I can unjumble my thoughts.
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Beautiful pic.
Sexy in a cute way and really shows lots of character personality.
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice picture dude, it fit's her well too
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Thinktink606432 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Filmographer
Fucking R.E.M!!
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Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I like how you worked in some of your earlier Joel/Michelle pics in the background. :)
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Doodley Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Nice Wreck-It Ralph poster remake.
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CowboyCrocket Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student
Is that one of those Poochie robots on her shelf. I haven't heard about them in ages.
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UW-FnarFnar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda know how you feel about your characters, you're always conscious about their details and how other people see them

Nice pic :)
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