A quick, coloured sketch of my OC, Saul. Basically from when he was younger, (around 12 / 13 years.)
Anyway, story time!
Saul was an happy little lion, born in Jamaica. When he was very very young, he showed interest's in reptiles, surfing, and especially pirates. He was fascinated by ships, and all the folklore's and stories about the sea.
He never had any trouble in school, or maintaining friendship either. But when he was in fourth grade, it all began. He started showing lack of interest, and motivation to do anything. He also became very quiet, and isolated himself from everyone. It was in the end of fourth grade he started getting panic attacks, bad ones too. He fainted once, having one. A year later, he was diagnosed with a severe case of anxiety. This went on until seventh grade, where he started skipping just a few hours of school, that suddenly turned into days of him never showing up. He was tired, of everything and everyone already then. He was also paranoid, not ever wanting to set his foot into his school ever again. (Because of all the people there.)
The anxiety had calmed down when he began in eight grade, but he started showing symptoms of depression, the ones back in fourth grade. He ended up skipping classes again. What did he do while skipping classes? He was surfing. Surfing helped him distance himself away from the sadness he felt. It made him feel calm. He often just sat under a few palm-trees near the beach, and just listened to the sound of the waves. It calmed him down so much. But, his parents were not too happy with this.
They ended up confronting him with it. In his parents eyes, he was a failure. He got kicked out of the house, into the streets. A few days after being kicked out, he found a merchant named Uzu. She was a rather kind lion, and took him in. Her appearance, was different than what he had seen tho. She had a huge ring hanging out of her nose, and two bones in her underlips. He learned later, that those were called piercings. He became very fascinated with the whole body-modification thing, and later also learned about tattoo's, and scarification. In which, when as he became older, he started to work with body-modifications. He set up a little workshop in the streets called 'Saul's Place', in which he took piercings. The place soon got very popular, and earned a lot of money, enough to make it into an actual studio, in which he and Uzu lived in. Uzu became a very popular tattoo-artist and body piercer. Saul, still only working on body-piercings, but later on decided to educate himself with Scarification, which he found fascinating.
The place earned more and more money, and became one of the most successful studios in Jamaica.
Even though things was bad when he was a child, they got so much better during the years. He does still surf when he has free-time, away from the studio.
And that was basically the story about Saul.