Character Mock-ups

(Left to Right: Simon, Hima, Lily, Yim, Enola)

These are some inked and colored concepts of my characters. I already want to change their designs. Maybe it’s something about seeing them presented as if their designs are finalized that is activating the art critic part of me. Simon’s coat could be more realistic, Hima’s pink could be a darker read, Lily’s coat could be blue, Yim could look more eldritch, and Enola could use a hoodie with sleeves. I guess that means more time sketching before the actual character sheets. A shame, but it’s good that I won’t be spending a ton of time on designs I personally feel need improvement.


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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