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outfit study - lamp

By rienlen
i am a very irresponsible character designer who has never actually locked down the minute details of any character in daol (wt 97 was spared this fate because i took it more seriously and now i have to play catch up with this monstrosity of a concept almost 9 years after first conception lmfao)

I first designed the majority of the DAoL cast almost 9 or so years ago. While Lamp hasn’t changed a ton, Katie’s had a few outfit variations - however, because they’re both such old characters for me, I’ve mostly boiled them down into shorthands…without ever nailing down what the source design should be. I know, irresponsible.

That isn’t to say I don’t know what they look like – it’s just, small nuanced details like how to render certain parts of their outfits (cough, Katie’s jacket fluff) or the length/cut patterns of their coats that I’ve missed out on solidifying. I’m currently going through a pretty busy patch at work, so this was an exercise that I could do that didn’t put more strain on me.

Lamp is fortunately very simple. It’s the cut of his coat that needed pinning down, but I tried to do some misc explorations too before going back to a simpler look with repetitive motifs haha.

The goal I had in mind was…anime character aesthetic when I drew this lol. A jacket that would look cool to wear, but simple overall. I looked at a lot of FLCL stuff which might be obvious haha, but I always thought the cut of Haruko’s outer jacket was perfection, so I riffed a lot off of that idea (I also tried to steal the cut of her boots but Lamp…just…doesn’t do boots!). Streamlined with a single accent colour – I’ve tried to introduce more colors into Lamp’s default outfit, but it always gets weird really fast haha.

His coat is extra long, almost like a small dress that gives him an even boxier appearance, and his scarf also plays off of that boxy form. Lamp’s a skinny guy underneath all his outerwear, but I wanted to give him some deceptive volume, and a lot of that funnels into his jacket and his scarf. He is absolutely a lot of leg haha, but it’s not as obvious when you can’t tell where his legs end and his torso begins because it’s hidden. That’s why it was important to me to have the line of his jacket sort of match up and ghost into his leg (not necessarily forming a tangent like in some of the bottom images) to continue that line of “where??? does it stop!?”

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UltraLiThematic's avatar
To me they all look nice. Like, I would buy all those jackets. 
rienlen's avatar
Haha thanks. Part of the goal was to make an iconic but simple looking jacket, so that's a great compliment to hear HAHA. I really liked all of them, and the struggle was pinning it down to one that fit his personality...rip...
UltraLiThematic's avatar
Oh gosh yeah. I can see that. I couldn't decide if it was me. 
Hope you find the one that fits him the best. 
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Ladnavar's avatar
The jacket of no. 7, with the scarf if no. 1 (but longerrrr) and the baggy pants of no. 4 with boots like no. 3?!! Maybe the boots should be smaller tho :D

Tryyyyiiiiiitttttt x)
rienlen's avatar
Haha I really wanted to try the boots, but they're just not his style! 7 was also very tempting, but also fell in the realm of "too cool", so I had to step away from it. I hate designing sometimes because you come up with cool shit, but then you realize it's not...quite the right look for a character -- so out of context, it may be the winner of my heart, but in context...sigh.

Thanks for your thoughts though, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who was drawn to #7 haha
Ladnavar's avatar
No. 6 is also pretty cool~ maybe less than no.7 but as a whole works great!
Charanty's avatar
ok, and which one is final?
rienlen's avatar
LMAO YOU GOT ME THERE I didn't actually post the final design -- this is my vague thought process of trying to get to a final, tho I will say I ended up going with something more minimal like in the top row, with a few bumps in contrast and color here and there. I was very tempted to go with the 7th but it ended up looking too "cool", which was something I...didn't want lol.
Charanty's avatar
That's always interesting to see how another artist comes up with a design.

Sooo there is no final one yet, correct?
rienlen's avatar
Lmao there's a final one in my brain, vaguely committed to in a photoshop file, but I definitely want to/need to draw a more polished version since this sheet was especially sketchy -- the other three I did were a bit more cleaned up, but this kid suffered the most cos I worked on his first when I was trying to get back into the art groove HAHA.

Short answer, there is a final, long answer lmao I still have to work on it...rip...
Charanty's avatar
Lol, this is really complicated.
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