The Evolution of Cyrene Kingsley

This isn’t even her final form.

Cyrene has gotten through quite a bit of redesigns. I tried to make her seem like a tattoo artist so much that I kept the tattoo apron even though it didn’t do her any favors. Had no idea what to do with her hair too, sometimes it looked great, sometimes it made her head look too round. In the end, I really didn’t like the silhouette she had, it was too loose and blocky for a catlike character like her. The collar and coat also made her seem too sweet.

These are screenshots of some doodles I did. I liked how I drew her face and the poses. She looks super sassy. That was the hair I stuck with and how I realized Cyrene’s pant legs should be looser.

This is the only picture I have of Cyrene’s redesign. She’s the one on the bottom. I liked her drippy neck tattoos, so I brought them into her clothes. I kept her ink canisters and gave her a jacket based on one I own in real life and love.

I should redo her character sheet now.

Her old one:


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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