Assassin man woot woot

So this is Syme! He’s part of a magical assassin family based off volcano spirits. They can get do this thing called a “volcano body” where their hair turns white and their body becomes volcanic ash and much faster. It can disperse and reform when hit which is convenient because the body becomes much more fragile.

I wanted Syme’s human form to be really pretty and have long hair. I based his coat off the villain of James Wan’s Malignant; I liked the silhouette. I might toy with adding more embellishments later, he’s a bit of a peacock.

I intended the volcanic form to have the “veins” flowing from a solid dot. I toyed with making it an eye or a small volcanic crystal. I think doing the eye is a bit more fun.


J. Shen or "Micey" is a Junior at Umich. She loves character design and telling stories and dabbles in making her own comics. Sketchbook Smashing is an 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 Her art Tumblr is

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