Here's an early version of the Mer for W.W.S. Fina may or may not have a bit part later in the comic. That's still up in the air. The details of the end haven't been ironed out yet.
The general facial designs are going to be similar, especially the ears, but the bodies will be a bit more textured and scaly. Also, I'm leaning toward colour scheme's based on real fish. As much as I enjoy this water colour rainbow.
The shark-wrestling, and adventuring Princess of the Landers.
This isn't the first concept art I have of Rose, but it is the first work I would consider official. I'm going to be using a new line style in W.S.S., with coloured line art, and this was a good way to figure out her colours as well as get a handle on her design.
Rose is strong, and not afraid to show it, but also friendly and sincere. Her hair is naturally pink! One of her eyes is clouded with magic, a remnant of a previous adventure. Magic always costs something! It's rare in her world, and that's probably a good thing! The eye is a hindrance since she can't see out of it anymore, and it frequently causes her to bump into things by accident.
The costume design needs some fine tuning yet, but I'm liking the direction so far. Her underwater gear includes a magic helmet. It doesn't look fancy, since magic does all the work. I also enjoy the fish bowl aesthetic. She's going to be wearing it a lot, so I didn't want anything that would hide her face. The alternate outfit is what she wears when she plays Shark Wrestling off the Docks. (Yes, it's a sport. And no, they don't wrestle real sharks. That would be crazy!!!) I'm looking forward to designing her formal ware for the second part of the comic. X3 (This may or may not have been the very first thing I started drawing...^3^)
I can never stay serious when I start filling in expression charts. But in all seriousness, I use very basic expressions when I start drafting anyway, so it's good practice for my character shorthand!
Jakkun, the first of the Mer, is up next! Check back soon!
Thanks for reading!
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Christine is a Canadian illustrator and comic artist. She recently graduated with a BA (English) and a BFA (Visual Arts) from the University of Regina.