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!?”
Thanks for your thoughts though, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who was drawn to #7 haha
Short answer, there is a final, long answer lmao I still have to work on it...rip...