Taya’s Evil Makeover

So uh, Taya gets more than a hairstyle change now, she’s got a full makeover.

I wanted to design her more like a villain, with more angular and meaner features. I think it makes her look more unique and nonstandard. I wanted to get that dark academia vibe, of a shady scholar who knows more than she lets on. The way I’m approaching building my characters so far is I build them like a villain. As in I introduce them flaws first and don’t worry about if they’re likable or not. I hope you can see this with Taya’s design.


J. Shen or "Micey" is an undecided Freshman at Umich. She loves character design and telling stories and dabbles in making her own comics. Sketchbook Smashing is her attempt to chronicle her process in designing characters. From first concepts, hairstyle and outfit changes, or even complete shifts in design. She also hopes to map out how her own art style changes throughout the year. Her website is https://wallmouseart.weebly.com

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