I considered recently not giving Halaina prominent cheekbones, but as she is, the face looks kind of...Bland. The Elaishar head looks like it has character, it's more of 1. do I want him to have such prominent cheekbones/cheeks, or 2. maybe keep the bone structure but make the face leaner (which will reflect his health state in the sequel comic) or 3. just make his longer and less wide in general.
You can also see how Halaina currently has a more Mongoloid face with the chin reaching further than her brow, but Elaishar's chin and brow is closer to how I imagined it. I thought I could justify his prominent brow, since he will have his horns just above his nose: I was afraid of doing the same thing to her because it might make her more masculine than I intended.
I will make a waist-up sculpture of Halaina as started here: fav.me/dc4l5q1
I also had previously made a sculpture of her husband, seen here:
These a sculptures of original characters from my comic Concerning Rosamond Grey. You can read the first page here: fav.me/d7pi52p
For easier reading, check out the comic at: rosamondgrey.smackjeeves.com
In the late 19th century, little Rosamond Grey sneaked into the woods one night, and was found unconsciousness the next day. For years afterwards she suffers from seizures from an unknown ailment. Dr. Glass is loosing hope for her cure, until a strange foreigner hints of a different cause…
Materials: Sculpey III clay, aluminum foil, wire.
A rule of thumb I go by is the more expressive a character, the more
pronounced the cheeks(and in some cases, wrinkles). If I was to design a character who doesn't smile or frown much for example, then I'd probably try to
reflect that in the cheek not being as prominent.
Of course it varies a bit based on ethnicity and it doesn't always apply but I think it's a good place to start.
I actually roughly based their features on Korean celebrities, mostly because 1. I could find an abundance of photos and 2. because Korean features look "exotic" to Westerners. But if I'm also (possibly) considering a Japanese audience in the future, I might have to consider what would look exotic to them. But I might have already taken care of that with the nose and non-human features.