I’ve been toiling like crazy with Nicki Noelle’s design for “Lotus for Help.” Her most recent “approved” design is visible on the left, obviously.
I sat down tonight after work work to fiddle with this and I realized, either her hair has to change or the shoulder pads have to go. And I’m a little bit married to the pads at this point, since I think they create a really interesting silhouette and they’re weird and I like weird things. The problem is, her hair creates a lot of horrible tangents with the pads and her lower-lid eyelashes, an issue I didn’t really notice before.
So far, I’m actually really liking the bump/pompadour/updo on the very right. It will also probably allow her to emote the most effectively by no longer hiding her eyebrows when she’s anything but angry. I’m going to play with it some more and see if it works well after some more sketches, since I may find it to be just as impractical. But we’ll see. As an aside, I’ll probably be rounding out her fingers, too, or just figuring out a better way to draw her hands. They don’t work very well right now.
Anyway, thought you might like to peek into the further design process of “Lotus for Help.” I’m doing my best to prevent Nicki from looking or feeling tortured in her design, but she has been given the biggest overhaul of the main cast from her “Ross Boston” days, so I’ve had to pay special attention to getting her right.