After Peaches' return, I encouraged my friend Ashley Bliss to tell me about her alter ego so I could draw her. Ashley is one of the most amazing human beings there are, I think as evidenced by what she came up with.
I'm quoting and paraphrasing her;her name is sal clearwater, alias sequoia. she is native american, from the tolowa tribe of northern california. she is a botanist who works at a redwood sanctuary and arboretum, but is also an ardent environmentalist, known for her near-terrorist devotion to the earth. she is ferocious and fearless and furious and fiiiine. she is the daughter of a shaman and from birth her father taught her her tribe's ancient healing arts. meant to become a medicine woman, she nevertheless left the reservation for education and expansion of her mind. so because of her shamanic knowledge and her fierce earth-protector ways, she treads the tight line between healing and destruction.
she's a warrior. as a child she once strayed too far from her father's home and came upon a bear cub unexpectedly. the bear was so surprised that it lashed out with its claws, leaving two fine parallel scars that run from just inside the hairline at her left temple and follow her left cheekbone. she is strong and lithe like a yogi.
her weapon of choice, as one might expect from a botanist, are blades. she has plenty of them, but often favors a machete that she carries at her waist. her other favorite is a totem blade that she ties in some kind of sleeve to her calf. she favors blades for their silence and stealth, and because they leave little evidence, but she can rock a heavy firearm if and when necessary.
I did this drawing weeks ago, but I'm completely out of any color of marker that would be an appropriate skin tone, so I have to wait until my order comes in. I want to do this one right -- she has the kind of power I long for, a presence that even my alter-ego can't hold up. If Miss Bliss doesn't mind, I think I'll slip into Sequoia now and then, when I'm feeling brittle.
P.S. I just added the watermark because I forgot to sign it, it's only half-done, and I figured it wouldn't disrupt the image too much.
props: Sequoia belongs to Ashley Bliss
materials: ink on bristol
music: Lauryn Hill, "Everything Is Everything"Do not reproduce without my explicit permission.