Who's that writhing, wriggling mass from the sea, twisted into the shape of a woman? It's Ruviaaaa!
Ruvia is an ancient abomination with a love of life - namely capturing, studying, and then modifying it. For thousands of years, she engaged in unlicensed practice on plants, animals, and eventually humans, until she drew enough ire from the locals for them to send heroes to slay her. At first it was great because she kept getting all these raw human materials and was making things like fish people and horse people and even a guy who was butts at both ends. However, the frequency of her assailants eventually became such an irritation that she faked her own death by letting them cut off her head while the rest of her body slinked away into the ocean.
From then on, she decided to take a more discreet approach in which she would try not to antagonize wild humans or interface with them directly. To this end, she developed a homunculus to act as a liaison with them. By splicing dryad, mandrake, and orphan DNA, she created a fearful and reluctant assistant, Cabbage! She is just like a normal human girl, except for the leaves sprouting from her head, and her intense fear of insects and birds, and her wooden bones. Cabbage often performs transactions on the behalf of the recluse "doctor," exchanging medicine and GMO's for tools and information on anything that might interest her master, such as strange mutations or diseases (which would later then be secretly appropriated for study).
Ruvia now works at a horror theme house up on a peninsula - but not as an actor. She is an in-house physician, hired to treat the actors who are secretly not actors. That is, there are actual wolf-mans and zombies and such working the floor, and in the event of injury or illness they require a doctor familiar with their unique physiologies. For Ruvia, this place is a haven; she has access to so many wacky bodies and everybody trusts her to operate on them (as long as nobody notices what she's really doing). Furthermore, her boss sometimes even commissions her to create new monsters that she's never heard of. These are all things she really likes to do, and now she's getting PAID
instead of KILLED
for doing it! Jackpot~
I FINALLY DID IT. I had finished this piece about 2 months ago (and thought of the concept even earlier in July), but was unable to name Ruvia and write a story for her until now. Initially I was just going to settle with "Gorgonessa" (which is incidentally the name of the creature she is), but the name didn't stick for me, and I kept putting it off. Originally I had planned to use this as an exercise to actually write episodic stories, but with recent developments in life (i.e. becoming self-employed) I don't know if I'll have the time for such a project.
Oh, I forgot to talk about the big guy in the back there. He is Adam, the bouncer for the rear gate. Ruvia doesn't like him 'cause he's got metal parts in his body that she just doesn't understand. Cabbage is cool with him, though. They's tight.
Anyhow, new process with this picture: I painted the background in Photoshop, figuring I ought to become more familiar with the program. However, after learning about gradient maps in Manga Studio, I think I might stick with that, since I like the feel of the brushes there more.
Well, I am exhausted and off to bed now. Good night, y'all!
Made in Flash
and also in Photoshop