One of my characters, Scithia. This is the "casual clothes" design I originally intended to do here:www.deviantart.com/eric-3/art/…
It didn't work out there but I didn't want to leave the idea unused, so I decided to try doing it with pixel art. I find pixel art a little easier to work with for something like this and it went much better than my pencil-drawn attempt.
I may end up going with pixel art for other design ideas, or just drawing more detailed designs in general (like of existing characters that aren't mine). The smaller scale means I don't have to be as precise with the exact details of a design and it's easier to fix mistakes or play with ideas without having to commit to them if I don't like it. It should be less stressful for me; drawing and colouring how I usually do is wearing on me and I need the break.
For anyone unfamiliar with Scithia's regular design:www.deviantart.com/eric-3/art/…
My aim with the casual clothes design was to keep similar elements and a similar look but while using regular clothing. The main elements were turning the bone "top" or covering into an off-the-shoulder top and turning the torn skirt into a sweater tied around the waist.
I chose an off-the-shoulder top since the thin upper part around the arms resemble the bone covering across her chest in her regular design (both thin and horizontal going across her). I also added diagonal frills to the bottom of it to resemble the bone covering over her ribs.
I don't think it's really clear in any pictures I've done, but the "cape"-like thing Scithia wears in her regular design is actually a hooded sweater just lifted up so it's only resting over the collarbone and the sleeves are hanging down the back. While this isn't the same sweater tied around her waist, I chose it to resemble both the "cape" and the skirt of the original design.
I only noticed this now; the sweater is so wide because of her hips that it might be a little too big for her to actually wear as a sweater.
Those are jean shorts under the sweater. I did draw them in their entirety, but the sweater covered most of it up.
She still has a choker with a broken heart pendant thing, but I just changed it into a more regular-looking choker.
I added earrings that look like scythes...but you probably can't tell since the handle is like 4 pixels tall and the blade is 3 pixels long.
This sprite ended up larger than I imagined. I hadn't done pixel art in a while now and wasn't sure what size I wanted. I usually draw a little box to work within, but this time I just kept drawing trying to get the proportions that I wanted. By the time I was a fair way into it, it was too late to make it smaller without undoing the constant adjustments I made to get the form how I wanted it.
In the end, I guess it worked fine in that it shows the design better than a smaller sprite would've. The larger size was a lot more work though. Part of the reason I wanted to do pixel art was so that it was less work and less to worry about, but that didn't quite happen here.