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Ohana Means... by Memphis-Rex Ohana Means... by Memphis-Rex
Hey, look, another Lilo and Stich oc insert meme! Except this one's a feels-puncher.
Depicted above is Eden at age ten with his parents in the background.


Get ready for detailed info on Eden's past! Wha-POW.
The Boy with the Dragon Sukajan by Memphis-Rex

I have previously stated that Eden's parents sorted neglected him as a kid to chase after wealth, as they both have good jobs they 'couldn't afford to lose'. So he was mostly raised by his wonderful grandmother who took care of him while his parents worked (guess where he picked up his need for physical affection). However, when his grandmother passed away when he was seven or eight, he felt even more alone but couldn't really go through the grieving process properly because of the lack of support/concern his parents showed him - they were too busy arguing over left over family matters and money - which really just stressed this child out even further. Home wasn't a place he felt comfortable nor happy in, and those harsh, ringing words his parents would throw at each other made him flinch. Still, he'd pretend everything was fine when questioned by others, he'd either keep his head low, or keep a faint smile on his face while he said "it's going to be alright."

Eden's parents eventually divorced when he hit his tenth birthday, since the frequent quarrels tore them apart and they couldn't just put down their pride for each other. His mother moved back to Korea, his father stayed because of his company. Eden had to make trips back and forth between them whenever holidays rolled around. Just imagine some skinny kid alone at the airport dragging his luggage around, staring at the planes that lifted off while waiting for his flight. This was his vacation. Sometimes he'd make friends on the plane with the person sitting next to him. Sometimes that would make him forget that he was always on the trip alone.

He felt he stuck out like a sore thumb after the separation. With his mother, who remarried a couple of years later, Yong Jae (his mother only calls him by his Korean name) felt he was just intruding on her new life and attempt at happiness. She isn't that cold towards him, but he can't help feeling that he's just something she can use to brag to her peers with because hey, people thought her son was good-looking and charming with his words so she'd get a good share of compliments.

With his father (who refers to him only as Eden), he felt the house was always so empty while his father was on business trips. The silence killed him inside. Even when his father came back, meals together were mostly quiet, even if he kept starting conversations. His father was tired when he came back, and thus untalkative. It was almost no better than talking to a blank wall. Other times he did talk, it was to criticize his son. How he should be doing better in studies, how he should be more responsible, since Eden is the sole heir of the wealth he has amassed. Talk that made Eden sick inside. But Eden would pretend to laugh it off.

Later down the line, at fifteen, he just broke and spiraled down. Started hanging around with the wrong crowd in school, got into smoking, petty theft, dyed his hair, got his ears pierced, trying out stunts that might have easily gotten him killed but hey, he didn't give a damn if it did at that time. These were all feats to defy his strict father and the shackles of expectation placed on him, and to taste freedom for himself. The silence at his father's house became worse. Eden started coming home less.

When he was eighteen, a chain of events led him to do volunteer work, and that brought out a positive change in him after a few months. He decided to get himself together again- quit smoking, stop stealing (the sugar packets or small things still go though- there's a reason why he's so good at pulling off disappearing magic tricks), try to get along with everyone else, and made plans to move out on his own. Alas, his dad made him stay with a little guilt-tripping and saying how, as the son of an important businessman, he could become a target if he lived alone. Truthfully, it's his father's own selfish way of holding onto the last piece of his family. But Eden would have done better if he had moved out, he would be able to better move on, out of the shadow of his shattered home. As it is, he's left stuck in the middle.

At nineteen years of age, Eden's doing ...alright. But he still doesn't know what's there to live for. Still as lost as ever. Which leads to this-
The Answer to Your Prayers by Memphis-RexBadness Level by Memphis-Rex
 
So it's no surprise that he considers friends even more important than his family in some ways (he will never forget grandma though, rip), and why he's so jokingly clingy but needy inside to the point he'd just give and give and give in the hopes of getting even a little something back.

And this is Eden's biography so far. 

Anyway, I seem to put a lot of effort into specifying what's my character's damage. This is a cropped version of the full drawing, to be honest. 
Eden-ohana-5 by Memphis-Rex With this version, Eden looks smaller, and the shadows all point away from each other as his parents turn away from each other. At the same time, the shadows are reminiscent of jail bars, locking him in the emptiness. The posted version feels more like a close up to him, where his emotions (despite hiding his face) are more zoomed in, as his parents start to step out of the frame on their own respective paths. Which version do you feel is better?
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NanoColors Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
God, I'm gone for like a few days and you pull shit like this-, you're trying to get me killed by the feels aren't you, you horrible human being D^:< In all seriousness though. Damn, holy shit did Eden had and has it rough. Though there wasn't any physical abuse, the neglect is just so much worse I think. At least with physical wounds, you can heal and you can see that you are healed. But emotional shit? It's always so hard to tell. So so hard to tell. Damn I want to say Eden and Xenon could possibly get along? But Xenon lost his common sense in emotion when his father adopted him at a young age and trained him like a robot. Xenon was utterly obedient. But man, yeah, pats Eden's head. Even if it's Kysme, I'm really glad Eden has a proper friend now. At least he has someone he can depend on instead of dealing with all of that alone. And I'm glad in that other comic he decided to stay, because in the end, he's a good soul and so many are wasted to the neglect or just lack in maintenance u-u If Nick knew, he'd indefinitely spoil Eden rotten haha

As for versions, like the last one, I like the other version better- I dunno, it feels more powerful and gives a heavier sense of irony. OR maybe have it so that the first two phrases are behind Eden like the current version, but have "left behind" where it is in the other version? Just ideas haha. But damn, once again, the story the composition, just this piece altogether is gorgeous dude. 
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, I'm out to wreck all your feels, it's no longer a secret-

Man, emotional damage is definitely a hurdle to overcome. (More group therapy? LMAO let's start a club) It sure is an aspect I seem to like dwelling on, seeing how much detail I put into events like Ramona's childhood trauma... and a number of other stuff in the future lmao - Aw man, poor Xenon. :[ I doubt Kysme was much of a proper friend at first. After all, he was just around for the free shit like the douchebag of a freeloader he is. But the thing about being an obnoxious freeloader is that you don't leave your host alone to their thoughts for a long time, with all the constant pestering. And things change, over time. 
Haha, and Eden will spoil him back, you can bet on it. I really should draw these two some day! Just an amusing doodle, even-

I see! That's a neat suggestion to edit out, but RIP, my lazy ass that didn't even want to color this in the first place...
Thank you so much though, Nano!
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cappie-tan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No, please, I insist- tear out my feels more than you already have--
wealreadyknowhowthisendsmatewhyyougotstomakeitsomuchmorepainful :"I
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course. I won't stop until I've ripped all the feels to shreds. ;]
Butdoyoureallyknowhowitends? Wouldyouratherhimcontinuetosmileandsuffer?
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cappie-tan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You just like to watch the world burn you little troublemaker--
yesidoyoutoldmebigoldork- ...unlessyoudidn'ttellmethewholestory>>>_>>>
nosufferingjustsmiles
justsmile
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live for it-

AndnoIdidn'ttellyoueverything.
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cappie-tan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
jayyyy nooooo i thought u didnt keep secrets from meeee <:"U
loljkjkjki'mgonnahavetopesteryouallovertheskypenowyouknowthat-
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But, pie slice, secrets are what keeps things exciting! It's like that extra flavor punch that you didn't see coming-
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cappie-tan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't want to be punched tho ; _ ;
I wanna be smooched w flavor--
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I-I don't think my (scheme-)cooking skills can achieve that as of now...
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NinGeko Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
please
end me
the feels 
they burn
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mwahaha, I'll never free you from your suffering-! 
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NinGeko Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
///sobs eternally
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Glitchy-Ink Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i wanna actually cry
like this actu ally hur ts me s o much
i wanna just hug him and just co mfort him
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shh. No tears. Just smiles. Painful smiles. [pat]
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Glitchy-Ink Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
pls continue wrecking my heart into mi llion pi eces with ur b eaut fiul art-
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Be careful what you wish for. :]
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poffydog Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
damn my heart's dying from these lilo & stitch insert memes Big Fool Emoji-07 (Cry) [V2] 
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, haha! There's still another feels-puncher up my sleeve but I'll let you guys have a break for now. :D
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Rautic Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I--
This is hurting the second time!
And such a good read. A very clear description of Eden's life so glad we gotten a chance to know more about the Bean. I'm loving all the effort put in to this deSPITE IT KILLING ME SOFTLY-- >8[

But seriously man I love it. As I do love both versions. The cropped version seem to pull out the emotion more with its drastic shadowing and perspective. Well that how I feel atleast haha.

Keep up the good work my man! Looking forward to seeing more from ya. not the rainbows and candy you can keep that to yourself-- >:[
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for reading this huge chunk of text! :D The cropped WIP I showed you gave me this idea. Glad you like it too, ohoho.

B-but, I still have more candy, concerning Memphis.... and I didn't finish Ramona's....I- You cannot stop me!
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CaraBearra Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
I won't make any jokes about how you've destroyed my heart, since you already know that, lmao.

I'm thinking now, however, that maybe another reason (albeit small) why Eden's so happy-go-lucky is because maybe he's figuring that there is no point in being sad since nobody would feel bad for him or understand.

Like although this is clearly neglect and therefore abuse, its hard to see it.  From an outsider's perspective, Eden has it all, or at least a lot more than peers his age.  Rich parents, a big house, all the coolest stuff?  And he's good looking and everyone wants to either him or with him.  Wow, he sure is lucky!  Though of course money doesn't mean anything without love or attention or basic human needs..

Just a stray thought though, thought you'd want to hear it!  The piece is super somber either version, and i really like the decision to crop.  It does exactly what you intended it to do; put Eden's own feelings in the spotlight.
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha. [pulls out the dagger] More band aids for you? 

That could be a plausible thing! Hmm, though my initial idea would be more along the lines of he is "faking it in the hopes of making it". He'd much rather help out other people than to look too deeply within himself. He knows most people feel daunted when you show them the scars and flaws you have, and loneliness is the last thing he can stand. He also knows, ever since childhood, how to fake being happy... so hey! Bury all that insecure shit under a ton of laughter, hugs, silly grins and jokes. That is to say, the brighter side of his personality you mostly know him for IS real, but in order to hide his own problems, he kicks other parts of his personality and feelings under the rug. He's a good pretender. And he'd do anything to avoid conflict with others. Seeing how the conflict between his parents had affected him severely. 

Definitely emotional neglect. The package is all picture-perfect but the insides are broken as hell: a metaphor for him and his family. 

Thanks a lot for the feedback, Carabug!
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CaraBearra Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
MMM yeah, that definitely makes more sense in accordance with Eden's personality and overall what you've told me. That kind of sucks more in a way too since those feelings are just buried so deep and although he definitely still feels the lump, digging it back up properly would take a lot of work. And I mean a lot of work lol
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Midnight-Staar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Both versions because either way my green bean had a depressing life! I'm glad he never resorted to a drastic retaliation and just did a normal teen rebellion. Gosh Eden I'm so sorry. I just want to force him a big Green teddy bear to cuddle with.
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, it'll only get better from here on out....(right?)

Better yet, give him a dog. A Samoyed dog. That's like his dream dog. 
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Midnight-Staar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kysme better go steal him that fluffy white fur ball because if Eden gets depressed again. -puts fist up-
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Memphis-Rex Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Copy paste from another comment concerning a news title: 
Man gets run over by two trucks while trying to save stray dog, miraculously survives unscathed. Witnesses are shocked. [this parallels Stitch getting run over by trucks]

Kysme shows up at Eden's residence hours later looking slightly more messy than usual --- with a white dog by his feet.
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