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Benjanime
around august of 2010, i began work on an unusual character blueprint of an alien with a human-like appearance.



originally i made a concept as to focus the character to a young crowd, as she would travel to different planets and having a nameless green alien by her side. the character had the gender of a girl out of choice, but also the characteristics of how an alien would talk in cartoons, vast vocabulary and all.




in late 2011, things began to pick up as i began giving gilda a more space-like design by giving her armor. i also began thinking about featuring this as a mini-series of books, with each one counting a chapter, and eventually ending the story by having her and her alien companion going into a cryogenic sleep, awaiting a more advanced future.


one idea that became recurring was to give gilda a sort of different form, which is triggered by something unusual. originally it was to be a reference to the girl, launch, from dragon ball, a girl that sneezes and turns into a tough as nails blonde. the concept for this form was similar, but somewhat different




gilda, going from a lighthearted space traveler to a punk rocker girl just felt a bit iffy to me, but was still a pretty amusing idea.


what gilda uses as a mean of traveling is a clich'e U.F.O. ship, but it comes with a feature to transform into an aquatic bipedal sub that's capable of opening up passages hidden in ocean floors




i apologize if the design looks kinda poor, i drew this when i was just getting started with drawing with a digital tablet...


so as to end this series lightly, i started working on a spin-off known as gilda xl, with the story now focusing towards a slightly older crowd, in which gilda bids her farewell to her alien friend and becomes a galactic soldier and dealing with military conflict.





well, that's about it for this little piece of history from me. i will say that many inspirations were taken into developing this character, mostly a number of space-related cartoons that i watched during childhood, and i've learned a lot from them as well. i'll see you guys on the flipside with more artwork soon!

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Vaporman87
I like the character. Did you create any comics based around her?
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Mr Magic
I dig Gilda and the ship!
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Benjanime
@vaporman87

thanks! and i've been wanting to for the longest time. i did write a few drafts on the story chapters, but that's about it.

i've also had a planned project as to make an animation of gilda xl making it look like a saturday morning cartoon opening. i recently bought macromedia flash 8 and i already know how to do frame by frame animation, i just need to find time outside of work to do so

@thecrow174

thanks! glad you like 'em crow!
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Vaporman87
Have you tried Anime Studio 9 for animation? I have it, but have yet to use it.
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Benjanime
i've seen it on shelves in the electronics section at my local wal-mart, but it looks like it would take time to get used to. i'll probably pick it up if i have enough money after the year's over
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shakin steak
Nice to see some details about this that I haven't before and finally know what the story is about.
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