The lacy and soft dresses she normally wore looked odd on Yuchi. Their delicate designs contrasted starkly with her far from feminine figure. Her build was wide, arms muscular, legs short. The dresses were meant to cling to her waist, but there was little waist to cling to. Perhaps, had she a more docile face, the outfits could have still meshed. But, the cocky grin on her thin lips, the way her wide nose looked to have been broken at least once in her life, the scar across her low cheekbones and her swollen black eye did not a dainty lady make. And her hair, reaching well past her shoulders, was cut in choppy layers that only made her long face look longer. But, if asked, she felt worlds more at home in her dresses than any of the boyish clothes deemed more suitable.
Kiandra James was not a beauty and her pale face would have become a blotchy red if someone were to call her one. Her cheeks were sunken, chin pointy, nose snobbishly turned up. Her thin lips spread wide across her face, more like a gash than a mouth. Grey would be the color that could most easily describe her complexion, except for the purple bruises under her eyes. Her pale blonde hair hung like straw over her eyes and was cropped close to her head everywhere else. The baggy, pastel clothes she wore only managed to make her look more washed out and disguise whatever femininity her figure held. Her only saving grace where her wide, blue eyes, but she’d call that a cliché. Besides, it was nice to be able to duck her head and go unnoticed in crowded places.
The blue hair was hard to miss, even if it was just a wig. Takechi’s real hair, not exactly real in every sense of the word anymore, was currently dyed light brown. While the wig was cut in a bob, while the hair under it didn’t reach Takechi’s ears. But the girl liked both styles. They looked less bland then her forgettable face. One might notice her calculating eyes, her slightly turned down nose, her high cheekbones and pointed chin, but none of her features were particularly pretty, or particularly grotesque. Her build was slightly more memorable. Her limbs were bony and long, her shoulders broad and hips narrow. But, people tended to pay more attention to the way she wore layers of tattered and black clothes, with leather and zippers and small splashes of bright color. Or they paid attention to how she towered over other girls; especially in the boots with five inch high heals. It seemed odd that she would wear dress so boldly when she would glower at anyone who dared to look at her for too long, but she never felt the need to justify herself either.
Some sketches of YuChi. Not much behind them other than me trying to draw her everyday clothes.
Just a random sketch I did a week ago of YuChi and Kiandra dressed up in pretty dresses. I did it since the two have similar backgrounds (rich girl vigilantes with abandonment issues), but have opposite personalities (Kiandra is cold, distant, and slightly pessimistic, but she’s refuses to harm others and choses mercy over justice. YuChi is warm, friendly, and a hopeless romantic, but has killed others to uphold justice.)
Also, this is a bit of perspective study. I used perspective guidelines and I think it was mostly successful.
Here’s a picture of YuChi in her vigilante/super hero costume. I’m debating what Secret Identity name I should give her; “The Pink Lady,” “The Pink Knight” or “The Dark Lady.” The pink, because she loves pink and her costume has a lot of pink on it. Lady or Knight because she uses a sword (which I have yet to design) as her weapon and she loves the concept of honor.
So, here’s more YuChi (re)designs. I decided to change up her body. In the last picture I tried to give her something other than the “curvy, skinny, big breasted” girl thing, because really, that’s hardly the only body type and hardly the only kind of pretty. But I don’t think I went far enough. My best friend commented that I could still push on giving girls less “ideal” proportions. I wanted something athletic, so I went to this page (a reference of olympic athletes and their very, very big variety of body types) http://ninamatsumoto.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/athletic-body-diversity-reference-for-artists/# and used the athlete Tabitha Yim as the reference.
So… I wasn’t feeling well today, (think I got food poisoning :P) and I decided that instead of doing homework… I draw XD So I redesigned one of my characters, like a total reboot of how I drew her before. I think I like it. Though, I guess it fits since I overhauled her back story as well. Her name is YuChi and she’s a vengeance bent vigilante, who happens to be very cheerful and friendly on her time off.