One of my characters, Kilise.
This was supposed to be a casual/"off-duty" alternate design.
I started this with the idea of just taking her regular Reaper design and substituting regular clothes that share similar traits, like I did with Noireen and Scithia. I couldn't really think of enough to do with it though, so I had to add some other things as well to make it a little more interesting.
For reference, this is her regular design:www.deviantart.com/eric-3/art/…
Rather than just using her regular design as a basis, I also considered her personality and interests. Since she's so muscular, obviously exercise is a factor and so I used workout clothes as a starting point. On the shorts, I was going to substitute the...the rope thing you find on some pants to make it tighter or looser with a thicker rope or sash-like thing extending pretty far down to kind of resemble the loincloth of her regular design.
I don't remember what came next after this. Did I decide to add a thin zipper sweater with a fur collar (NOTE: Not real fur
) to resemble a lion's mane; or did I decide to add tassels, turn the sash around, and have it hang low behind her to resemble a lion's tail? Either way, I did one of them and then thought of the other to support the theme further. Though why I thought of a lion in the first place is a mystery.
I chose the colour of the zipper sweater based on the colour of her regular design. I considered other colours like dark blue or purple, but I wanted to retain the colour of her regular design so it was still more easily identifiable as her (as all my Reapers have a single dominant colour in their design unique to them).
I was intending to use that same colour on her bandana and sash, and it looked OK...but it was also blending in with her skin colour more than I'd like, and the bandana was blending in with her hair colour in addition to her skin colour. I tried adding a pattern to the bandana and sash, but the extra detail didn't look good at this small scale. It made them stand out too much from the rest of the sprite.
In the end, I just decided to change the colour of the bandana and sash. Changing the colour of the sash also makes it less paired with the sweater, so the idea of the lion mane and lion tail is a little more subtle, I think.
For the bandana and sash, I changed them to orange as a reference to her cloth colour before I changed the character into a Reaper. I didn't want to use bright colours on Reapers, so I had to darken and desaturate her original orange cloth colour when I changed her to a Reaper.
(Semi-mature content warning)www.deviantart.com/eric-3/art/…
I wanted her alternate hairstyle to be kinda slicked back, large, and slightly spiky, but I couldn't get it to work with the bandana and had to change it. So this alternate hairstyle was chosen instead. It's also a reference, to her even-more-previous design. This even-more-previous design was from before I changed her skin colour and hair colour.www.deviantart.com/eric-3/art/…