Eh, it's not much, but honestly it looks better than half the shit I've uploaded in the past couple of months... That's really too bad. Linework, ballpoint pen. Quickie colors in Photoshop with a few little Painter touchups.
Name: Kinjou Sumire Age: 17 Height: 5'5'' or 165cm Weight: 52kg Gender: Female Nationality: Japanese Year: Junior
Alias: Giselle Weapon: Hair Element: Water Level: 1 Stats: Str  Spd  Vit  Def  Int  Luk 
Skills: Aurora Pins: [Regular Attack] Attack using her tendrils of her hair. The tips turn to ice, she uses breaks them off and uses them like needles. Throwing or close range depending on the situation.
Submerge: [Special Attack] Appears almost as if her hair becomes the water engulfs her opponent. The attacker in bound in place by Giselle's water-like hair, which slowly turns to ice, becoming a painful vice for the one ensnared. Could cause the opponent's speed to decrease. Use of this skill causes severe cerebral dysfunction, causing Giselle to become disoriented, vision blurred, sometimes terrible migraines.
Sumire is a quiet girl who is very serious about her studies. She is a serious language nerd, always interested in learning different languages from all over the world. It's her secret wish to discover a lost language and be the first to successfully translate it. Because she spends so much time with books, she often times forgets how to interact with other students, making friendships a more rare thing for her. Her inability to communicate with others makes for a shy personality, especially towards outgoing people.
She tends to be intimidating because of the firm and formal way she speaks to people, probably another reason it's hard for her to make friends. But when she cares about something or someone she's quite passionate about it, and makes it known. Independence is also important to her, as she's been living in her own apartment away from her parents since she began high school.
Likes/Dislikes: + Books + Languages + Cooking + Rare books + Kids + Dogs + Takoyaki + Traditional dress (i.e. Kimono) + Rain Storms + Melon flavor +Swimming - People who aren't serious - Clowns - Natto - Television - Messes - Carrots
History: Sumire comes from a higher middle class family. Her parents being professors in archaeology, her life has always been in constant upheaval, making it hard for her to form bonds and attachments to people and places. In Sumire's younger years they constantly moved from country to country for her parents research. So while Sumire is very cultured, she has a hard time relating to the every day Japanese teenager. Since she didn't have people, she turned to books and studies, which is where she developed the studious attitude she has now. Fun? What's that?
Sumire always just 'went with the flow', but when it came time for her high school years, Sumire insisted on being firmly planted in one place, her parents agreed, thinking it important to have a solid foundation in which to study for getting in to college, thus they allowed her to get an apartment in Japan and attend high school, while they could still continue their world travels. Sumire doesn't pay much attention to where her parents are in the world, as she's finally alone to try and focus on who she is- and more importantly, studying.
Sumire, unlike most teens her age who will lash out against her parents or secretly do what they wish to do, represses all of her urges and desires to break free from her 'safety zone'. These repressed feelings and urges come out through the form of Giselle. Giselle is loudly opinionated, holds nothing back, and is a bit on the promiscuous side. She'll do anything that Sumire might be afraid to do or say and feel no shame for it.
Other: - The only form of 'stress relief' she will allow herself is swimming. It's the only sport she's good at, and having a healthy body is just as important to her as having a healthy mind. - She often has massive amounts of pent up sexual urges that she represses with...studying. - She secretly admires hostess/hosts. - She speaks 8 languages fluently. Japanese, English, Korean, Mandarin, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish. She's dabbled in many other European languages, and it working on their mastery. - She really likes heels and boots, but needs a hand in styling around those shoe styles.
So finally I get to finish this up. I changed the color of the bandana because I think it's more fitting. I muted the background a little bit to bring more attention to her. I think it all worked out considering this was on the back burner for a minute now.
The text block is 20 three folio signatures of Mohawk Superfine 80# text. The original sheets are 9x12.5 inches folded and hand deckled to 5 7/8 and trimmed at the head and tail to 8 1/4 inches. To vary the edge pattern, I fold the signatures, deckle, and then flip alternate pages within the signature.
The endsheets are two folio Canson Mi-Teintes (dark green) sewn into the rest of the textblock. Text block is sewn with 25/3 vintage linen thread on linen tapes.
Headbands are hand sewn silk (three colors) around hemp cores. The spine is lined with the same paper as the block.
Cover is attached by split board (bradel) method. The spine is covered (and cornered) in off-white Japanese silk bookcloth. the cover paper is a Japanese Chiyogami (Yuzen).
The box is a standard clamshell with the same cloth and paper on the exterior. The trays and covers are .098 gray board. The tray sides are wrapped in white Mohawk Superfine 80# text and lined with the same Chiyogami paper.
The case and journal are imprinted with the recipient's name using hot type in a Qwik-Foil machine. PVA glue (and a 70% PVA/30% Methyl cellulose mixture) is used throughout.
These are a pair of sketchbooks made from Canson Colorline paper. Half the textblock is an ice white and half is black. The signatures are torn down from single parent sheets and sewn on linen tapes with linen thread. The sewing supports are centered on the textblock, so the book doesn't have a top. The endpapers are a gray Canson Mi-Teins. Headbands are hand sewn silk on a hemp core. The book is case bound. The only difference between the two cases is the spine color. The cloth on the fore edge matches the paper on that side of the book.