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Krystal redesign by ALA1N-J Krystal redesign by ALA1N-J
So here's my entry for Myu's Krystal redesign contest [link] . A great opportunity to draw a character I really like but seriously needed some work.

EDIT : 1st PLACE! YEAH!! Thanks :iconmyuinhiding: ! This contest was filled with good entries with interesting ideas. Also, congrats to :iconimprobablecarny: for winning the written entries contest!

This is a drawn entry, but I've written a new backstory for her to make the redesign complete. (Désolé, ce n'est qu'en anglais, sinon cela prendrait trop de place)

Krystal is a blue-furred fox woman (gray fox species) with a dark blue mane (hair in Lylatian standarts).

Her ancestors come from the planet Cerinia, a civilized world struck by a terrible cataclysm one century before the Lylat Wars. By the time an evacuation ship able to fly into space was built, almost all the Cerinians already died. Finally the ship went off of the ground, leaving Cerinia forever. During many decades, the remaining Cerninans tried to survive in space, searching for a new home. In vain. Krystal was born around twenty years before the Lylat Wars. She was only a baby when the Cerinians got attacked by a warband. She was the only survivor, taken by one of the criminals, Randorn, who felt guilty after the slaughter.

Randorn raised Krystal and taught her how to pilot and survive. Though looking like a normal child (despite the blue fur), Krystal had an odd habit of seeing "forms" nobody else could see.

The blue vixen was a late teen when Randorn died, after telling her the truth on her past. Krystal then searched in the galaxy to discover her origins. But space is tremendously vast. Over the years, her research was always met with no answer and she started to lose hope. Her priority now was to find a shelter to find rest or some people to keep her company.

One day, Krystal responded to a distress signal on planet Sauria, where treacherous generals launched a coup d'état. She flew and fought valiantly, but she was clearly no match alone, against an entire army.

Then Starfox came, and their famous Arwings reversed the odds. The coup d'état failed, and peace was restored. Starfox's leader Fox McCloud, who witnessed Krystal fighting, proposed her to fly along the team. They had to find a new pilot to replace their veteran Peppy Hare, whose health couldn't allow him to pilot a fighter jet anymore.
She accepted.

With Starfox team, Krystal found the family she never had. She grew closer to the team, especially to Fox. Randorn shared many points with James McCloud, Fox's father. The two foxes started a very close relationship, Fox even took her as his wingmate, to train her for space combat. She also contributed to the team, providing maps for unregistered planets on Lylat. Thanks to the available technology, Krystal also discovered why she was seeing things no one else could see : she had UV vision, allowing her to see invisible targets in dogfights.

But now, old demons resurface as trouble strikes Lylat once again. One planet, Titania, is home of an acient civilation, now forgotten. Krystal has the feeling she can find her answers on the red planet, below the ion storms...


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Art©ALA1N

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Comme l'entrée est complète avec le dessin ET l'écrit, ma critique portera sur ces deux aspects.

L'histoire
On imagine rarement Cerinia comme un monde désolé avec une population qui peine à survivre, je trouve cette idée originale et qui expliquerait bien des traits du personnage. Petit hic néanmoins, je pense que cette idée contredit la suite directe des évènement car la science aérospatiale (dont ils étaient dépourvu et fut nécessaire pour quitter la planète) ne peut avancer qu'avec nombre de scientifiques, laboratoires et ressources (qu'elles soient terrestres, biologiques ou magiques), chose qui est difficilement concevable dans un monde abîmé par un cataclysme suffisamment fort pour vouloir quitter la planète.
L'idée de faire d'un des bandit son "sauveur" et son père adoptif est originale, bien pensé, cela explique parfaitement pourquoi elle est la seule survivante, sans doute mieux que n'importe quelle autre théorie. Néanmoins, être élevée dans une ambiance mauvaise ou du moins, par un homme capable de banditisme, aurait du un minimum déteindre sur elle.
A part cela, étant donné que Cerinia ne pouvait pas se trouver dans le système solaire de Lylat (on en aurait entendu parler sinon) la raison pour laquelle elle finit par y aller n'est pas clair. Certe elle voulait se poser après ses recherches infructueuses, mais elle pouvait le faire ailleurs non ? Ton histoire suppose également que Cerinia n'a pas été détruite, elle aurait certainement pu trouver des ruines là-bas, surtout avec un engin volant et des outils performants venant d'autres planètes. Elle aurait du trouver ses réponses.
Malgré ces petits "flous" tu as réussi a donner une vraie profondeur et une vraie identité à un personnage qui en a déééésesperement besoin. Tu as fait preuve d'originalité, d'audace tout en donnant ta propre marque. Voilà un personnage qui se fond parfaitement dans l'univers de Star Fox !

Le dessin
On sent tout de suite qu'elle est énergique, déterminée et expressive ! Son visage doux mais anguleux, résume parfaitement celui du renard, plus que dans les artworks officiels. l'abondance de fourrure et sa coupe de cheveux plus courte rendson apparence plus homogène, plus "vrai". Dommage par contre qu'on ne ressente pas assez la fourrure sur la queue; il faut qu'on sente la pression des anneaux sur les poils.
De belles poses dynamiques, que l'on comprend tout de suite et qui nous permet de situer le personnage, de comprendre ses différences par rapport aux autres. Qui plus est, elle s'accorde très bien avec le design de Fox que tu as fait plus tôt.
Le jaune est un choix intéressant comme couleur de fightsuit mais trop tape-à-l'oeil comparé à sa fourrure, qui est tout de même d'une couleur originale qu'il faudrait mettre en valeur. En tout cas elle a de beaux contrastes, attention à ne pas trop forcer dessus, avec l’écharpe et la couleur des yeux elle est un peu de toutes les couleurs.
Le style de ses vêtements correspond bien à l'univers de Star Fox, on sent que les parties en métal protègent vraiment et ont leur design propre... propre à elle. Elle a du charme et semble pleine d'émotions et d'intelligence.
C'est un magnifique travail, personnellement mon préféré pour le contest ! J'espère que tu gagneras ;) !
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This design..it's.. PERFECT for Krystal! It actually makes her a likeable character. The reason I say "more likable" is because.. In my opinion her star fox assault design.. a bit bland and revealing. I love the gadget belt and the way you redesigned her staff, I give the originality 5/5. If I were to have one problem with this I'd say she looks a bit buff in this, perhaps it has a lot to do with the "Wrap-Over-Suit" (clever idea by the way) Also I think the scarf you added in there, while a nice touch, a bit uneccessary.
My apologize if I didn't have much to say with this critique, the artwork as well as this design is lovely :)
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J82 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
A great version of Krystal, and looking stuitably more badass than her 3D Counter part.  
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ALA1N-J Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Thanks. :)
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J82 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Don't mention it.  :) (Smile) 
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Whoa very sexy looking!
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Ladies-man1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, at least you made her older than what Arwingpedia says. I'm not a big fan of romances where the female is younger than the male.
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ALA1N-J Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
What really annoyed me in how the romance between Fox and Krystal is officially depicted, is that Krys was litterally Fox's "trophy wife". I didn't want that in my redesign of her.

I also changed her age becaused I felt like it.
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Ladies-man1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How is she his trophy?
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ALA1N-J Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
She gets caught in a crystal, in a place where anyone in the krazoa palace can see her, and she has to be rescued by Fox to survive. Not only this leads to this situation "She owes him her life so she loves him to death" but it also gives a feeling of "Krystal is Fox's reward". She has been reduced to a thing to possess. That's what I meant by "trophy wife".
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Ladies-man1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know. Princess Peach has to be rescued by Mario every now and then, but in some games she can take care of herself.
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PatrikMalisa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Artist
This is amazing.Awesome redesign.
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