Helia Kuai, with less spiky hair

As I think about how my art evolved recently, I think I noticed a trend toward realism. This is evident in how I gave Helia (Simon’s annoyingly perfect and vengeful black-ops cousin from Toronto) more naturalistic hair. She used to have this super spiky hairstyle to signify her prickly nature, but she started to look weird next to everyone’s updated designs. With her new hair, I can now imagine Helia as a kind of real person. Here, I tried to make her outfit more militaristic, more like she’s a woman on a mission, hence the mask and armor. This time, the kiss is canonical.


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 https://wallmouseart.weebly.com Her art Tumblr is https://wallmouse.tumblr.com

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