Pallasite Veins

This is Lias, formally known as Yim before I changed their name because ‘Hima’ and ‘Yim’ sounded too similar. Lias is a fae-dragon with a third eye and facial markings that resemble sliced Pallasite meteorites (look them up, they’re beautiful). Originally, they were just going to be a flat pallasite-inspired pattern slapped onto Lias’s skin. Then, I was struck by inspiration. What if Lias instead had a series of translucent nictating membranes layered over each other that resembled pallasite patterns? That’s infinitely more eldritch, body-horror-esque, and interesting to think of!

Here are my test patterns. I settled for a base layer of yellow that looks like it’s glowing from within. Then, I worked backward and started with the outer layer of dark brown. Then an inner layer of silver, then orange. I wanted to get that intricate veiny feel, and I went from careful layering of lines and crisscrosses to just scribbles. I think all experiments look good at a distance, but up close you can see the sloppiness of the scribbles versions.

Overall, I think the middle test on the top image looks the best. It’s the one where I drew all the lines carefully. It’s also the most time-consuming to draw. Going forwards, I think I only need to make the outer layer carefully drawn, and go looser with the inner layers. I’ll need to keep in mind to not make the lines too thick or numerous, to really get that base layer glow across.

Cyrene’s Redesign

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I redesigned Cyrene! My girl! The redesign’s on top, while the Summer 2023 design is on the bottom.

I didn’t have many goals for this redesign, except to give Cyrene a functional jaw and also to make her fancier. I’m glad her redesign exposes her tattoos because those are a big part of her witch powers. I’m also glad I added more purples to her look, and let her roots show to humanize her better.

Cyrene’s hair was always a challenge for me. I though basing her look of a live-action character, Sabrina from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would make things easier because I had a live-action reference. It didn’t and I always had trouble with making Cyrene’s hair look too sculpted and unnatural. I found the solution was to relax my lines and remove the amount of curls I drew.

Simon’s Redesign

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Here’s Simon’s redesign. It’s the one before the readmore. His old, summer 2023 design is on the bottom. As you can see, I made the blacks darker and replaced the magenta with red. I can really tell how my style changed with this one. I’m less angular, and my noses at a 3/4 view are bigger.

Here are my changes: I made the insides of Simon’s jacket a royal blue to contract better with the light blue. I gave Simon a muscle shirt to replace his open one because the open one’s folds were too complicated to draw. In a sense, I wanted to make the royal blue Simon’s signature color, so I also changed his scabbard to royal blue. I changed his pose and made his tattoo more visible by turning the ink purple. The old design had a scar from getting struck by lightning, but I read somewhere that lightning scars fade fast, so I had Simon get a tattoo to memorialize the event. I also gave him purple spots on his body because of story updates. Overall, I’m pretty happy with his redesign.

The Skinned Lady

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I’ve finally come up with a final villain for my story! She shall be referred to as Ilona. She’s this witch from the early 19th century who was murdered. In her death, she sent out a curse that manifested as these deadly thorned vines I refer to as ‘Kudzu Rose’. Flash forward to the mid-2010s, a cult took the magic left in Ilona’s vines and shoved it back into her modified body, ‘resurrecting’ her.

Ilona’s design’s based off Julia Cotton’s skinned form from Hellraiser 2. As you can see, some of the designs are directly lifted from the movie. I love the contrast between her classy 19th-century design and the bareness of her current one.

My current goals are to simplify the facial muscles, find a fullbody design, and hopefully make her look less like a carbon copy of Julia.

Hima’s new character sheet

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Hima’s old, July 2023 character sheet

Once I finish redoing a character, I like to make a new character sheet. There should be additional sketches coming the following weeks.

My goals for Hima’s new design were: make her look her age of 21, her colors more cohesive, and her clothing better reflective of her personality. The process involved giving her a jaw, changing her eyes, and replacing her veins with stitches, but I’m proud to say that Hima looks much more like a confused young adult, which she is. Her techwear-inspired clothes reflect the futuristic setting of her world and shows how she prioritizes simplicity and comfort over fashion, unlike Simon. Her giant red parka is a big part of her character, so I tried to give it the weight and heft it deserves. The pale orange was a last-minute choice; her shirt was supposed to be a light grey. She looks warmer now.

Environmental Design

This isn’t character work this time! Or at least, on paper. Last year I got a book called “The Field Guide to Witches”, where artists reimagine different types of witches from sketch to full illustration. One of those steps was to design and imagine where the witch would live. I thought that was interesting, so I decided to apply that step to my character Sigi, who is a Volva, or the Viking version of a witch.

Sigi lives in a Nordic-inspired, urban, poor, factory-and-unemployment-heavy area with a lot of waterways and heavy winters. She also works at a lace factory. I imagine her living area to have a heavy gilded-age aesthetic – lots of industrialization and income inequality. I referenced bay cities like Montreal and Copenhagen, as well as industrial-era factories and environments. I wanted to get across that Sigi lives in an area with lots of struggle, and that struggle makes people party harder.