It is a very little known fact that Arreis and Jared are actually in fact twin brothers. One single question lingered upon the time that they have made an appearance on my page; Why do they look so similar? This has mostly been asked by close friends and acquaintances that have viewed my artwork over the years. In all this time I can't quite fathom why I never bothered to answer them. I just simply shrugged my shoulders and said, "They're just made that way."
I suppose part of my lack of a proper response was because I didn't initially think in great detail about my subconscious choice to grant each character striking similarities. It soon occurred to me that there was a far deeper meaning to their design than just me simply making a character come to life from my imagination. For some people the purpose of their character creation is for various things such as representing themselves, other people, or other themes. Arreis and Jared happen to have personal meaning behind them. In short, I can say that they represent who I am.
Initially Jared was intended to be my main fursona as I had only drawn him in his anthro form. He was my first visual representation of myself. Arreis was what became my entire online identity and I wanted to give him some kind of shape. About a year after their appearance I did some deep thinking. I finally decided to canonize them as twins. This idea came about for two reasons- the first being that I was supposed to have a twin before I was born. Unfortunately a miscarriage happened that took the life of my sibling before they could even have the chance to come into the world (we were fraternal twins, which is why I am still alive). The second reason is that Arreis and Jared by their personalities are a fraction of characteristics from me. They are what I like to refer to as puzzle piece characters. They piece together what is the complex blend of varying (and often contrasting) characteristics that make up my identity as a person.
Arreis is the calm and collected sibling. He is highly introverted and often prefers activities such as reading, writing and other quiet things he could do in his free time. He has a wide spectrum of interests in the arts. He is not adverse to socializing, but he prefers to be alone often. Arreis is very well-behaved. He has a natural gentleman's disposition and he is very polite and warm. He is often the one that people are most drawn to because of how kind he is. He is very empathetic and compassionate. When his dearest friends need it he is willing to put aside his worries and get straight to helping them. He is often great at providing emotional support. Once he is comfortable with people he is as quirky as they come. At his worst he can be prone to depression and become withdrawn. He has a tendency to lock himself away from the world during periods of mental and emotional downs. But once he is feeling better he is right back to the same lovable geek he usually is. To sum it up he is the calm nice-guy that I have a tendency to be.
To further describe Arreis, his appearance is definitely a reflection of his personality. His hair is neatly kept. He likes to keep it combed so he can be presentable in the case that he goes out. He also makes sure to maintain other aspects of grooming as often as possible. This is often mistaken for vanity, but really he just likes to be clean. When he is dressed casually he will typically wear any type of T-shirt that suits his fancy and a pair of jeans. In hot climate he will often wear cargo shorts and a tank top. In colder climate he is prone to wearing sweaters and jackets more often. Arreis likes to dress in nice clothing, especially for special occasions. He will wear anything from a simple button-up and a pair of jeans to an entire three piece suit depending on the occasion. Arreis has a very decent fashion sense and is always sure that whatever he wears is an appropriate combination. In conclusion, Arreis is very clean-cut and likes to present himself as such at all times.
Jared is, in more ways than one, the dramatic opposite of Arreis. He shares some of the same characteristics as Arreis, but is mostly different altogether. Jared is the hot-head of the two. He is very competitive and dislikes losing with a passion. He is also the trickster of the two. He was always known for causing trouble as a child because of his mischievous nature. He was and is actually still known for being a prankster and he was usually considered to be the "class clown." Jared has a huge sense of humor. His jokes, however, tend to make most people cringe as he often uses a mixture of bad puns, lewd innuendos, and a plethora of dark humor. He does sometimes manage to produce tasteful jokes from time to time, but not as much. Jared is adventurous and can be reckless in his escapades. He is usually the one that will climb a tall tree or perform parkour in various settings. Jared also has a bad boy personality (enough can be said from this statement). Jared is known to have some extremely obscure interests in different forms of subcultures. If he hears about something and finds out he likes it, he sure will stick with it for the rest of his life. This often repels people from him as he is very open about his interests. Jared is not necessarily a social butterfly as many would probably think he is. Jared tends to be more of a loner due to having underlying trust issues. He makes people work to encourage him to stay in their lives. If they meet his standards to the letter then he will keep them. Jared also has other secret traits that he often covers up. Jared is secretly sweet and is a sap for romance. If he finds an ideal partner he will shower them with all the affection he can give. Jared is a highly bashful and awkward person in spite of his ability to perform for others. The reason behind this is that it catches him off guard when someone is genuinely nice to him. Not very many people show him kindness because of his rough exterior. At his worst, however, he can be anxious, short-tempered, cold and uncompromising. It takes a lot of patience to deal with him. Aside from that, he mostly has a sort of "don't give a damn" attitude and plows through life in his own way.
Jared's appearance is also a definite reflection of his personality. Jared usually wears his hair in a slightly wild manner. There was a time when his hair used to cover his eyes, but he has long since gotten it cut. He doesn't always comb his hair and he also goes as long as possible without really touching up with other grooming habits. Jared typically dresses up in just about the same casual wear as Arreis, but he often likes wearing darker colors and even chains. Jared will also wear nice clothes, but by the end of the day he is dying to get out of them. Jared often spends time in his home and he is usually spotted wearing a pair of pajama pants and a random T-shirt or he is just in his boxers alone. Jared's arrangement of clothing often makes him look dangerous because of the types of designs he likes. It reflects his bad boy persona well. In conclusion, for the most part Jared is very carefree when it comes to his appearance. He dresses however he sees fit and somehow manages to rock it.
Note: Jared has two physical characteristics that allude to important details. His eyes are heterochromatic (his right eye gold and his left eye red), which hints at his chaotic personality and behaviors. He also has an X shaped scar on his chest that was earned from past abuse.
In short, Arreis and Jared are two of my most beloved creations and they each have a special purpose of being. I'm sure this entry would give you a relatively intimate perspective on me as a person. I don't typically write about things like this, but I had the strong desire to this time.