The Glorious Cacophony

There they are! The fancy Fae-Dragons (this is a misnomer they’re all fancy)! I toned down the saturation of the red I usually sketch with.

When I designed the citizens of this court, I had the tropics on my mind: jungle birds, bugs, and fancy flowers. Feathers, wings, and bug heads. I also gave them a vintage bent, at least for the commoners. I imagine those with bird wings will fold them in a way to resemble a shawl or short cloak, like the gargoyles from Gargoyles.

An additional concept I had but didn’t include was them having transparent limbs stuffed with flowers, like those glass decorations with flowers in the middle. Or maybe some have glass scales they press flowers behind. Lots of room for expansion here.


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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