Man, I'm on a roll today, I can't remember the last time I worked on a picture from stat to finish in one sitting! This is something I've been wanting to do for a while since the reveal of the designs of the Deadly Six, especially upon seeing the elderly Zik. I have always had a fondness for elderly characters, because I have a lot of fun expanding on their backstories and imagining what they would look like when they were younger (I do similar with Gerald Robotnik, Professor Pickle, the Duke of Soleanna, Gazebo Boobowski, Wendy Witchcart and Dr. Fukurokov).
So Zik would absolutely be no exception at all, and for a while I've been wanting to create a younger design for him, but had been putting it off because I wanted to see what they were all like in canon first- Though, I gave in and decided to go for it anyway, and even decided to draw a young Zavok as well! So here we have here, 50 years ago General Zik of the Zeti Empire, and the cute little guy next to him is Zavvy the Zeti! Here, I've portrayed Zik here as having been the greatest Zeti at a point in time, while young Zavvy/Zavok looked up to him as a role-model and mentor. I've given Zik a neckpiece design based on the present day Zavok, and use the shape to represent leadership amongst the Zeti.
This piece was really fun to do, I haven't done a cel-shaded picture in a while, and I experimented with some new stylization with this. So hopefully the colours and shading are appealing to the eye. The designs themselves were enjoyable to come up with, I've tried to make Zik as badass as possible, while still trying to stick with what's established in his design (had to take liberties with the hair colour, since he would have a fuller, less-greyed head of hair in his youth!). I based his bangs on the shape of his moustache. Overall, Zik looks like a generic Dragonball Z villain! I originally only intended to draw just Zik, but after a while I had the idea to also draw Zakov as well, who would usurp Zik in the future. Zavvy here is cute and innocent, still learning the ways of the Zeti as he follows his General. I like that his colour scheme makes him look like a little devil, haha!
Anyways, not sure how much of this I would be able to keep for stories, it really just depends on what's shown in canon, if there are any ages given, their lifespan, where they come from, etc, etc. But I do have in mind to use these designs if all else fails in my alternate timeline with Proj, which I think would be quite interesting considering the Zeti having a connection with the Wisps. In any case, Enjoy!