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Killer Bee discovers Bubblegum by TixieLix Killer Bee discovers Bubblegum by TixieLix
Light, simple and fun one this week because I needed it. Haven't uploaded anything for a while coz I was annoyed at people and things - at one point I pegged my pen at the monitor, but it rebounded and hit me in the head to which my boss commented wasn't a smart thing to do :P

Anyways, drawing is therapeutic, drawing Vega in particular is therapeutic x100 and I haven't done comic style for a while.

The idea behind this was imagining what Killer Bee (Cammy when she was a Shadaloo Doll) would be like when she started to become self aware. As with previous Vega/Cammy pics I've done, I think she would be quite childlike considering she never really went through the whole childhood to maturity process. We know Vega has a soft spot for her since he deliberately disobeyed Bison's orders to kill her - could it be possible for him to actually care about her for more than just her beauty?
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XofHope Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love his expression on this one. It's... sweet. As much as I like Vega, I'm not fond of his murderous instincts, but if I could have a sweet version of him I'd be happy. ;)
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TixieLix Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  hehe well that IS Vega... or what happens when you have a kid who had to endure abuse from his stepfather and then watch him murder his mother... he grows to be a bit... twisted (with thanks to Bison's manipulation too in order to make him into a weapon)
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XofHope Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't all the fantasy pretty ones have the most tragic pasts? And we love them more because of their emotional scars and forgive them everything because of their beautiful faces (and hot bodies... but mostly the faces, right? ;)) Beauty and tragedy combined are to human females what pollen is to bees.
I've been disconnected from ST for quite a while. I do remember the tragic childhood but Bison's manipulation is new to me... is that cannon now?
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TixieLix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess that's true!  It's their imperfections that makes us sympathetic towards them... If Vega was just a pretty face, then i wouldn't find him very special... I did like a dissertation almost for my latest Vega pic which explains in detail my interpretation of his character if you're interest :)  Art Analysis and ThanksFirstly, I'd like to thank everyone that's supported me in my crazy art adventure so far - WELCOME to the 150+ new watchers that arrived overnight!  I woke up and had to rub my eyes twice to be sure of what I was seeing O.O  I was like what...just...happened?? :-O  I'm very touched and overwhelmed *crying tears of joy* To my existing watchers - words can not express my gratitude for your constant support and encouragement.  You were there when my art was a bit :S but you told me you believed in my abilities and your kind words and advice have helped me to be where I am today (for someone that is self taught, this is more than I could ever ask for!)  THANKS, EVERYONE :heart:
Seeing as there is quite some interest in my latest Vega piece, I will expand further on it to give all that are interested, an insight into how my brain works when it comes to making my art.
My reason for drawing fan art is because I like to have subjects that are already established, leavi


as for Bison's manipulation of his fragile mental state, it's not specifically stated but one can assume he would've done it for his own benefit to turn Vega into a deadly assassin - take Chun Li for instance who would've experienced something similar with the loss of her father, but actually came out a stronger person 
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I call it the pretty bad guy effect. It's something that almost inevitably happens to a character who is both said to be good looking (even if only canonically so... let's face it, back when ST II came out the sprites were so lacking in detail a friend of mine actually believed for a long time that Vega was a girl and you had almost only your imagination to see his beauty) and bad/evil. Vega is a prime example of this, Sephiroth from Final fantasy VII and Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series are great examples too (there's actually a trope about this and it's named after Draco: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…. Basically, even if the character was at first intended to be a villain with no redeeming qualities, the fans end up liking him/her so much that they make up all sort of excuses for his/her behaviour, to the point the actual author(s) makes the excuses canon, sometimes retconning like crazy to be able to do so.
Don't get me wrong, over-analysing character motivations is one of my favourite cups of tea and I'm certainly guilty of what I just described (Vega and Seph, I'm looking at you guys!). What I mean is that what fans see isn't necessarily what the author(s) intended, at least not at first. In Vega's case, the details that made him somewhat more sympathetic have been being added over time. I checked the ST wiki and it still says he joined Bison/Shadaloo just for the heck of it, no mention of him being manipulated, but if we fangirls keep pushing that version of the facts, it may very well become canon some day. :)
I like your analysis of him but the truth is I can't be objective about it. A long time ago, I made a character named Vega, because Zorro has always been one of my favourite heroes and his name is Diego de la Vega. As a joke, my character ended up looking like ST Vega. And all was nice and fine because he was supposed to be dead anyway, he was my actual character's husband and just a plot device to get her into de story which would be about her trying to find out what had happened to him and seeking revenge. Turns out, my then bf and storyteller who also loved ST Vega, decided to give things a huge twist. And so, we ended up living through about 3 years of a very intense emotional roller-coaster where reality and fantasy weren't always so clearly apart. Certainly one of the highlights of my life. I love playing RPGs, particularly when they have good stories and allow me to be deeply immersed in them and get to feel as if the characters have come alive. And so, I have a really deep understanding of a certain Vega, who seems quite similar to the one you describe but had his own particularities because we were playing in a different universe (none of ST's characters existed, no Shadaloo or Bison, etc). It has become difficult, if not impossible, for me to analyse ST Vega, given how much more alive in my head my version is. But yeah, he did hate himself and was pretty sure no one would ever love him after what he had done, he used his looks as a weapon and to get whatever he wanted but also hated them because they had ultimately been the cause of his downfall and of what had lead him to hate himself. He was a pretty messed up and complicated guy.
Sorry about the rant. I don't usually write this much, it's just that it all brought back wonderful memories.
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TixieLix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe I'm glad it was similar to your version of that character and I agree that a lot of retconning happens - it's inevitable because a lot of the time when things start out the creators don't really know where it's gonna go: Capcom had no idea SF was going to have the longevity that it now enjoys especially because of SFII in particular so when they created the characters a lot of the stories are very thin and vague (still are even since SFIV imo)  They have emblished the stories of these guys since but more so for some than others because of perceived popularity like Ryu compared to Vega.  Every time Capcom or a Capcom endorsed party gives us new comics or movies, they are just as much an interpretation of what little 'facts' are given cannonically - they have to or there wouldn't be much of a story.  So for fans interpreting characters, we're pretty much doing the same thing.  It's not clearly stated how old Vega was when he witnessed his mother's murder or what state he was in after - some take it as when he was a kid like in this short film www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOxXFf… but others like to believe when he was a young adult... Regardless of which isn't really important, but the fact that his mind was already altered by the experience so when he joined Shadaloo, it wasn't necessary for Bison to turn him into who he was to become but when I said 'manipulate' him, I mean that he would've kept him 'broken' rather than do anything to heal him so to serve his purpose... It's not beyond someone like him to do so imo like reminding him that ugliness is to be despised and killed off for example and other lies ;)
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry, too much going on around here, I kept writing ST instead of SF. I'm glad you understood what I was talking about.
Cool film and they actually got a nice enough looking guy who speaks Catalan!! I'm sold! :) Thanks for pointing it to me! And now I can't help but mention that making Vega Catalan was an half-assed choice from Capcom, bullfighting never had as much tradition in Catalunya as it has in other provinces of Spain and it has actually been forbidden there about 2 years ago. His back-story and personality would fit a lot better in Andalucía or Castilla. Which just goes to say that you're absolutely right about Capcom having no idea what they were doing and about them just adding bits here and there, not always in a way that makes all that much sense or actually adds to the story. Ryu's SF's hero and from what I remember even his story keeps going back and forth, depending on what better suits whichever game, anime or live action they're producing at the time. But, ok, SF's a fighting game, I really shouldn't hold it to the same expectations as the RPGs I usually play.
It's been 19-16 years (yeah, I'm old...) since my story took place and I'm pretty sure back then there wasn't much detail about the handsome fighter's background and personality, except for the arrogance we all know... and love. I'm not sure, but I think the triggering trauma wasn't even yet canon. It's funny how my bf took whatever little was known then and ended up giving him motivations that are quite similar to those which became canon and to how you see him. Maybe extremely arrogant people are always so for similar reasons? I'd say there's definitely a type of arrogance that comes from an inner pain and sense of failure, which cause a self perceived inferiority that, ironically, on the surface looks like self assurance and arrogance. My Vega became so by being betrayed and then led to see nothing but darkness and to believe there's no goodness in the world and that everyone has a price, that everyone will lie, cheat, torture, kill and betray under the right circunstances. The one who did that to him and how she did it is similar to how you describe Bison's manipulation, she didn't just keep him broken, she made sure to break him as much as possible so that there would never be any other place for him. So, I understand what you mean and of course it's not beyond Bison (after all he's ugly, so he most likely doesn't have fangirls making up excuses for him :)) to subtly tell SF Vega that he's a bad boy for doing what he did and still does, while at the same time openly praising him and telling him how great he is and how he's right about ugly people, especially the ones who Bison wants dealt with.
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ronin-gh0st Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. Your art just made me ship this for some reason! AMAZING!!!! 
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TixieLix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! XD
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NamiManson Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I f*cking ♥ it! *O* above all cause when I play Street Fighter I choose whenever I can Vega & Cammy together ;33 They're my fav characters :P
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