Simon Stuff

For the supposed main character of my story I never really drew Simon, or Syme as he used to be known as, a lot. Which is a shame because he’s a really fun character to draw.

I had always envisioned Simon as someone with an androgynous face, one of those Chinese pretty boys. Trying to capture that beauty while also making him look Chinese was hard. I started off by making the face too blocky, jaw square, chin short, lines straight. In actuality, I should have done the opposite. Longer face, defined chin, and delicate features with rounder lines. The drawing with the black line art on the second picture was the face I stuck with.

It was good that he has a simpler-to-draw monster face I could use when designing his outfit. Simon is this dramatic guy who can be stealthy. So he gets a coat with a dramatic collar and torn, swishy ends. When he wears it, he kind of reminds me of a ghost. The ends would move beautifully along with his wild movements too. He gets a back brace that looks kind of like a corset too, to emphasize how he doesn’t care for gender norms.

Here are some old sketches:

You can see the evolution of his face shape with this

I think the thing that helped me most with figuring out Simon was drawing him a lot for an OC-tober event. Here are some of my favorites:


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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