Sigrid Holgata

This is Sigrid “Sigi” Holgata, a witch/volva in my story. The left and center figures really have a western influence, but I think think the far right outfit works for her better. I like the silhouette and it’s much easier to draw. The colors are more striking too, plus, I was never a puffed-shoulders kind of person. I’ll keep the hat thought. I will keep working on embroidery for the outfit on the far right too.

I drew these with no pen pressure. It helped me think less about making the lines perfect. I built from sketch below. I freehanded the hat, cape, and far-right outfit.


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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