Forgetting how to draw my characters continues! Or rather, I’m fighting an art block by doodling redesigns, especially for characters with appearances that work against the story they’re in.
For this character in particular… She wasn’t born a cat person and in her society, people who turn into animals aren’t welcome. In fact, they’re often killed, a la “werewolves, werepeople, etc.”, because the moment they’re fully turned, they’re practically feral/wild/homicidal beasts. So, she has to hide the fact that she’s turning, and yet, she’s not one to hide. At least, not in fear, anyways. In terms of how rich/what kind of lifestyle she lives, she definitely would be in the “poor, but gets by” category.
As a character, visually, I want her to look androgynous, at least in the face (her previous design had a bare midriff and a flat-ish chest) and be built like she could run/climb/punch things with relative ease (athletic and NOT like a stick, like her previous design). Initially, she didn’t have cat ears, instead had goggles, and even had feathers. Too bad the goggles were a bit of a pain for me to draw, the feathers were confusing and detracted from the design, and I can make excuses that she just flattens or tucks away her ears into her hair.
Her previous design(s) had gigantic robo arms too, primarily because at some point, her arms needed to be replaced, and through “magical means”. The problem was, not only did her cyberpunk look work against the other characters in the world, it even worked against the more magical folk who gave her her new arms—As “advanced” as the magic folk are, they aren’t QUITE cyberpunk. So, giant robo arms got scrapped.
New Problem 1: Her arms STILL need to be replaced and “patched up”, but odds are they’ll be from other magical means.
New Problem 2: …She used to have a unique-ish silhouette because of her big arms/hands. Either she’ll be wearing gloves, or her hands get TIGER!big when occasion calls.
Ah well. Hopefully I’ll have another “visual development” session with my pallys some time~ Maybe when I get back to working on improving my fundamental skills (I DO SEE THE ICKY ANATOMY, ESPECIALLY THE HEAD), I might do another “LOOK AT HOW MUCH THIS CHARACTER CHANGED!1!!” meme along the way.