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Early Melodia and Early Leela for Captain-Paulo by StretchyGalFan Early Melodia and Early Leela for Captain-Paulo by StretchyGalFan
***NOTE: Any resemblance to a certain (in) famous pair of destructive anime girls is purely coincidental***

;)

A fan-art gift for :iconcaptain-paulo:, featuring the early character design for his OC Melodia (now officially known as Mel), together with the early character design for my OC Leela (who did not have a last name way back then).

The genesis of this artwork came about from a discussion I had with Captain-Paulo earlier this year regarding his old City of Heroes online game version of Melodia (a telekinetic superheroine).

After he showed me one of his old (elastic) Melodia design sketches, I thought it would be a fun idea to team this version of Mel up with my first version of Leela (who was a bit of an airhead and a real wimp compared to other elastic girls).


Quite an evolution from these concept designs to their current forms.

[EDIT] Link to Early Leela concept artwork [link]

Early Melodia is OC of :iconcaptain-paulo: All rights reserved.

Art by and Early Leela is OC of :iconstretchygalfan:
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FTO-Sete Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I already knew the old version of Melodia, Captain Paul, I shared a picture of it, but now I see the older version of Leela, it is interesting to note the similarity that they had in their beginning in the ideas of both artists.
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
It was fun revisiting the old version of Leela, but I like the current "red crab-hair" version better... ;)

It was also a nice challenge to draw the original version of Mel, after doing the current one several times. :D
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gamepal Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Very nice!
It's amazing to see how these two characters looked like before to what they look like now:)
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Thank you! :D
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Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
no. No. NO! The colors are all wrong. =P Where's the green (and red)? XD

This goes to show 2 things. 1) You guys have great vision, since the designs back then are almost the same as now. 2) Your drawing style is amazing, because you could draw so well back then, too.

Thanks for the blast from the past.
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
You're welcome.
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:iconcaptain-paulo:
Captain-Paulo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
:D
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derfs51 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Wow! It's amazing how a couple of years can make all the difference. didn't imagine Mel started as a blonde and Leela having blue hair.

But you always got to start somewhere, even when it comes to art.
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Frogwalker Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
A bit ... Different! :XD:

The blue color is predominant in these two! :lol:
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Yes, and amazing how both went in different color directions! :D
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
**Giggles!**

Very cute, but this doesn't work for me ... Leela is supposed to be a redhead and Mel isn't a blond. That's like the Princess and Ricochet switching personalities for a Friday the 13th episode. :)
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Ah, but they all have to start somewhere Hime-sama...

;)
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:iconballoonprincess:
BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I know ... but a blond Mel? That's just wrong. :)
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:iconkoopberg:
Koopberg Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Going blue I see...
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Better than seeing red...

;P
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:iconkoopberg:
Koopberg Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
True.
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eent242 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Top-notch work as usual, SGF.

Seeing Mel as a blonde and Leela with blue hair is just a huge disconnect, even knowing the story behind these versions.

Mel looks vaguely like a Python sister...(tries the "pull off real hair as if it's a wig" gag) -- nope, guess not. :D
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Thanks! :D

Yes, seeing the original Melodia design sketch by Captain-Paulo was a bit of a shock, but her costume was almost dead-on to the current Mel. Shows that her creator knew what worked best. ;)

The Python Sister "look" is because of this [link] ;P
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eent242 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Yes, you're quite right -- Ophidian flashback!!!! :D
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quart-of-meat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Whoa! They're pretty different! ... They almost look connected in the middle XD I do love seeing these old design redone. I even love doing them myself. XP Good work!
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Thank you! :D
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:iconp-z-p-z:
P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow!
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Shockzboy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Wow, Leela doesn't look very different, just smoother hair and blue instead of red, but MEL I didn't even recognize! it's amazing how a character's design can change!
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:iconstretchygalfan:
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Captain-Paulo is going to cringe, but his City of Heros RPG heroine was getting closer to the stretchy Mel we all know and love:

[link]
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[link]

;)
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