This is the second version of “Embarrassed Benly” I love how the watercolor turned out, though I think the pencil version nailed his expression better. I'll save you having to read about the scene that this image illustrates. You can find it on my talentdatabase site or visiting the 'This is Benly' art piece. Benly is the adult who takes care of my main character, Marffey as a child. (In the colony system it is up to the older workers to take on a child to raise and be responsible for.) Benly serves as a combat trainer in the Honeyvel army. He's somewhere in his 50's and has had a number of rough times in his life. He grew up at a time where the colony was almost at constant war with the Firebred fire ant colony. This has no doubt put a lot of stress on everyone in the colony at the time, especially for the soldiers. Benly has made a number of bad decisions in his life that he deeply regrets. Benly's spent much of his life trying to make up for his past failures. He really cares about his soldiers and tries to make everyone he works with to reach their potential. If that means being a little tough, then so be it. Benly believes if he was able to overcome his struggles, than his soldiers can do anything they put their mind to.