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Tawny Norman by MandySeley Tawny Norman by MandySeley

My entry for the Battle Frontier Ohana Islands tournament, year 2.

Same trainer as last year, a year older, ret-conned to be a little taller, with a bit of hair growth and a little freckling from a year spent on a tropical island...!

I also relaxed Tawny's "normal-type" theme to allow for primary normal types as well as pure normals, because I just really wanted to draw a doduo (normal/flying).

Brief Overview:

Tawny is a trainer that specializes in normal-type Pokémon (including a few primary-normal dual types). She took a year off from her job on board the luxury liner S.S. Anne for the first Battle Frontier tournament, and after the disastrous events of year one, she felt compelled to stay and help the residents of Ohana rebuild.

TL;DR Backstory:

Tawny's parents work on board the luxury liner S.S. Anne, and she spent much of her childhood on the ship. When she had the chance, she searched for Pokemon near the port cities where the ship docked, but she was able to acquire a number of rarer Pokemon through the generosity (or carelessness) of the ship's wealthy patrons. At her first opportunity, Tawny started working in the ship's kitchens as a dish washer, with the hope of eventually being able to become a cook like her mother.

Her love of normal Pokemon began when she saw how often they were overlooked as being common or underpowered compared to other types. As the daughter of a cook and cleaning staff, she sympathized with the feeling of being overlooked and underappreciated. Life on the ship didn't offer many opportunities for battle (as it was too risky with no Pokemon Centers in the middle of the sea), so when she was offered the chance to participate in the Ohana Islands tournament, Tawny was excited to see just how well her team of normal Pokemon could fare in competition.

Tawny has decided to stay in Ohana and help the people there rebuild after the disasters of the past year. She's found a small apartment in Diamond City, Allotrope Island, and works part time as a bartender. With a few substitutions and a little extra training, she and her team volunteer with the Frontier Initiative to help the people of Ohana.

She's entered the upcoming Year 2 tournament in hopes of taking advantage of the trainer accommodations and make a little extra cash to get by.

Team Overview:
Inspired by the events of Y1, both Tawny and her team have focused on disaster preparedness and response.

:bulletpink: Buck the Shiny Raticate
One of Tawny's first Pokemon ever, given to her as a pet by a friend of the family. He's evolved since year one, making use of his improved strength to gnaw through steel beams and other debris at wreckage sites. He and Nico often work together to clear paths during search and rescue efforts.
(Flame Wheel from breeding - daddy was a Growlithe)

:bulletorange: Bean the Bidoof
Tawny's very first Pokemon capture. Bean is loyal, doting, but very simple. He's afraid to evolve because he can't swim and doesn't want to learn water attacks. Bean's learned to use his ice beam to put out fires and create pillars of ice to help stabilize damaged structures. If the team needs to split up, his favorite 'buddy' is Mocha.
(Ice Beam from TM13)

:bulletpink: Doppio the Pinkan Doduo
Raised by a wealthy S.S. Anne patron who fed his Pokémon primarily Pinkan berries from birth, to give them permanent pink coats. Tawny traded for Doppio, and she now serves as a primary mode of transportation around the islands.

:bulletorange: Mocha the Lopunny
One of Tawny's first Pokemon captures. Mocha is very skilled in close combat, and though she can't use items in combat to save her life, she's learned, through tutoring and training, to save others. Armed with a first aid kit and her healing moves, Mocha often pairs up with Bean as a first response team to stabilize and help injured victims at disaster sites.

:bulletpink: Nico the Shiny Linoone
Compulsive hoarder, Nico was 'caught' stealing from the luggage on board the S.S. Anne. Tawny has redirected his urges to search for and dig up shiny things and trained him to sniff out and search for survivors. He works well with Buck to locate and clear a path to trapped survivors where necessary.

:bulletorange: Bright Eyes the Watchog
Another of Tawny's captures from a stop in Unova. Bright Eyes is militant, vigilant, and protective, a perfect second set of eyes and ears to command Tawny's team in chaotic situations. He keeps track of the team, responds to fires with his aqua tail ability, and alerts Tawny at the first sign of trouble. Armed with a keen eye and his illuminate ability, nothing gets past Bright Eyes.

Other Notes Relevant to BFOI:

:bulletpink: I'm not super strict on references. If you're drawing Tawny for the competition or a meme or what-have-you and feel like changing up some details for whatever reason, go for it!

:bulletorange: I don't really like to roleplay on Deviantart. If you post as your trainer trying to "talk to" Tawny please don't be upset when I don't respond. I like drawing her interactions with other characters for the contest, but directly pretending to be her in comments/chatrooms just doesn't interest me.
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Pug-In-The-Mug Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
She could TOTALY be Ondines alter ego OuO
StaciNadia Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Your character is SO pretty! =3 I love how you draw the Pokemon, especially Raticate! =3
NarcissusTattoos Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome App! Really makes me want to compete:)
alpin-j Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Digital Artist
*commenting, possibly on everyone, if i like anything about their entry:
Super cute style
MarieDubois Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Oh! So nice! A normal type team eh? Well i'm definitely looking forward to your entries.

good luck!
Madkazer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
cute team and cute character! I love the way she is built :D She looks tough!
DinosaurCraig Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
damn she is pretty instant fave, love your style
MandySeley Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Thank you!
KibaPuppyPaws Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Them skimpy outfits xD BUCK AND BEAN ARE BACK YAY. And I'm in love with Bright Eyes. Might steal her >.>
MandySeley Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Buck and Bean seem to be the cornerstones of her team, I couldn't get rid of 'em...!

Also I just fell in love with my Watchog in White, I had to include him. I'm trying to play through the game using only primary normal types too, just for fun, heh heh. :3
KibaPuppyPaws Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love them all. You'd better watch out, I've got 3 fighting types
MandySeley Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Go, Doppio! :D

...haha but seriously, yeah, I'm probably screwed if I run into a fighting-type master. XD
KibaPuppyPaws Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have 2 Lucarios and a Riolu. But Ikko's coming back ~
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's very nice and interesting. :)
Jack-13 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Tawny's back! Good luck Mandy!
TheScreamingNorth Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WEE! YES! I am playing, too, but I'm using another account for it: :iconbig-black-beast:
MandySeley Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Already following, but now I need to start paying attention to the other trainers, heh!
TheScreamingNorth Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Derp, I forgot. :B Well, would you mind if I included Tawny in a comic about Magnus arriving on the islands, or something similar? I've been wanting to draw some little comics to get myself used to the format, and I figure it's no fun if I don't include some other trainers!
MandySeley Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Sure, I'd be flattered. :)
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