Bit isn't your average raccoon. You could even say he doesn't really exist. He's an example of what's known as a 'familiar' or a being created by magic manifesting a physical form. Ordinarily, familiars are summoned by powerful magicians, but Bit has not figured out who or what created him.
Bit is very technical in nature, and his body is like an organic computer, itself powered by electricity generated by copious amounts of junk food ingested through his face-hole. (technical jargon!) He speaks computer language more fluently than any other, and can use his magic to directly control electronics through touch, or even disappear into them, taking himself inside of virtual worlds. Bit thrives off his connection to the internet, as his terrible memory means that he must often query Google or Wikipedia to keep up in conversations. Without it, he's hopelessly stupid. He grows physically weaker if he is away from internet connection too long, as that seems to be the source of his magic.
Bit's glow comes from his blood, which is a bright blue liquid crystal that shines visibly even in sunlight. His skin is a medium dark green, so it shines through a beautiful, saturated green. His fur covers the glow pretty well in most places, but it shines through anywhere his skin is exposed directly, as well as a number of spots around his face and torso where his fur is transparent, and acts like fiber optics for the glow underneath.
When un-powered, his liquid crystal blood looks like water, and loses its normally powerful sweet, candy-like taste.
Bit's neck fluff comes from his lower neck and the tops of his shoulders. It normally covers his upper body but if he's suspended upside-down, for instance, you'd get a rare glimpse at his disproportionately small upper body. He can groom his neck fluff (see front pose) but it tends to get messy pretty easily. (see back pose)
The square shapes in Bit's fur on his arms, legs and back don't follow any specific pattern. They're known to change all the time because the artist is too lazy to keep them consistent. :>
Bit's physical body cannot actually control his own magic. It exists as a sort of separate entity to him, acting as his subconscious in some sense. In order to control it with physical actions, he manifests with his collar and tail-box, forms of magic-based technology, or magitech for short.
Bit's collar gives him control over electronics, allowing him to jump into or control any electronic device at a very basic level, controlling the flow of electricity in any part completely. It gives him full control over anything that is physically possible for the device to do. The power button acts like one on any computer would, putting Bit to sleep or waking him up. Holding it down causes a hard reset, but you're not mean enough to do that.
Without his collar, Bit is basically powerless. If he dies without it, his soul is trapped inside until it is plugged into something. Otherwise, if Bit dies, his magitech stuff disappears and he respawns elsewhere in a safe place at a later time.
[tip- don't worry about drawing those blue lines on the collar unless you're super close up. They're drawn larger+brighter than they should be, just to show that they're there]
Bit's tail box is a digital storage cube. It turns anything that's put inside into data form, allowing it to be taken back out any time. It could theoretically hold anything, but it has a limited capacity based on the memory in the cube itself. This device is rather unstable and can often generate some strange results when pulling out items…
The glove is Bit's special weapon, which he tends to use in video games. It's an energy blade attached to a retractable wire. The glove goes on his left hand and he throws and guides the blade with his right.
This is a construction drawing to show you Bit's underlying shapes and such. This is pretty much how I sketch him out before doing all the actual lines. Obviously, every artist has their own style and they won't draw Bit the way I do, but I think this helps to kind of highlight what's unique about Bit's overall shape.
Finally, a new reference sheet, with updated info and less overstuffing of drawings and details. I think this one will be a lot more useful and a lot less scary when I have to hand it off to artists. x3
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07 Sep 2013 09:04 CEST
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