ducky drew

anonymous asked:

ur mini alpha derek thing is a lot like that series prettiest alpha does???

Hi Nonnie! I hope you’re having a lovely morning so far! (for me it’s morning here, hehe)

I hope my answer comes across as legible, because it’s kind of a long explanation and I only recently woke up and I’m still kind of sleepy, haha. 

A while, while, long while back (we’re talking last March here) I wanted to do a huge bunch of Sterek fanfics for a series on my AO3 account based on Fairy Tales, in particular those of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen (because I frikkin’ LOVE fairy tales). The one I ended up writing was Burning Glances (Turning Heads) (I ended up posting online almost a full year later since I had trouble finding a beta), which is based on Cinderella, but I had a ton more fairy tale-themed ideas written up and thought out. One of these ideas included a Thumbelina idea (more specifically inspired by Don Bluth’s film), where Derek is the little person that pops out of the flower instead. I won’t go into too much detail, because it’ll spoil the storyline I wrote for it, but anyway.

The reason I decided to make Seed Wolf into a comic strip was for two reasons: the first is that to me, the story wouldn’t work out as well in written format, and the second because I just love drawing chibis (especially Derek) and thought it’d be a really great project to work on in my spare time to motivate me to draw regularly.

The title from Seed Wolf comes from my good friend Ducky (aka duckhymn), who drew a cute little one-shot idea and let me use the name (she says she’s delighted by the progress of the story, especially when she only drew a little bit).

Okay. now we start getting into the explanation (sorry, had to get the background fleshed out first!). I was putting off drawing Seed Wolf for a while because I had a ton of school work to catch up on, and that’s when Kelsey (aka prettiestalpha) released the first of her mini alpha series. I considered dropping my Seed Wolf altogether for a little while, because Kelsey did hers first, but the idea stayed with me for a bit. With her permission, I requested to do a fan art of her series, which you can see over here. I loved drawing it, but the only bad thing about it was that now I didn’t want to stop drawing Mini Alpha Derek, and Seed Wolf stayed in the back of my head rolling around back and forth.

At Kelsey’s request, I didn’t do any more art for it (because she said she wanted to continue with it, and I wanted to respect the original artist’s wishes first and foremost). I also wrote a PSA which you can read here about the situation, because a lot of people were asking for continuations of my comic strips, but I wanted to respect Kelsey’s wishes.

After umming and ahhing for a while more, I decided to just say ‘fudge it’ and bring Seed Wolf into life. There are marked differences in our series, though - our art styles are different, we have different story lines, etc. Though there are obvious similarities (i.e. both our series have Derek as a Mini Alpha), it’s not nearly the first time a character in a fandom has been shrunken down to miniature size or given animal ears and a tail, and it sure won’t be the last.

And as to drawing style (I don’t want to make it seem like anybody’s accusing anyone of anything) I’ll just quickly show you: Kelsey’s Mini Alpha series started out the 15th of February, and my art has been chronologically (more or less, counting art style changes) the same:

This was drawn in December
This was drawn in November
And just in case (because you can edit Tumblr dates too)
This embarrassing thing was drawn in 2005 (ignore the weeaboo plz) which is a great timestamp, because DeviantArt don’t let you backdate work.

Whew! I’m sorry for the huge wall of text, Nonnie, but I hope that answers your question! So in conclusion, yes, prettiestalpha and I do have very similar series going on at the same time, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing, really? I mean, double doses of cute little teensy-wolf Derek! ♥

Hope you have a wonderful day! xoxo