This week, my muse followed my Dungeons & Dragons character, Anko, down the inspiration rabbithole this time! I have a lot of behind-the-scenes deadline to meet this week, which meant an 'easy' week where I didn't have to think too much, just have pure fun exploring this character who's already fairly established in my brain.
It's felt good to define Anko even more thoroughly, since I've been playing her for years now! She's had a really satisfying arc from being a timid young Tiefling girl to blossoming into a fully capable mage. She deserved more art than she's gotten from me, honestly!
This week's journey began with gesture sketches and trying to discover what pose worked best for showing off Anko's small demure horns for a formal concept chart. I needed an angle that would show enough dimension in the spirals so that I could properly show off any danglies and decorations and ended up with a classical head turn.
My first horn decoration ideas were simple bejeweled tips and a studded cloth wrap inspired by how sacred cows are adorend in India. Inspiration leads you to unexpected places sometimes!
Some days are slower than others when you're tired, but I managed a single variation with lots of braids and dainty filigree horn caps! I love the way the braids wrapping around give a more elegant transition between hair and horn.
I explored two concepts in mind, including flower garlands around the horns and gold-dusted or painted horns. I was surprised how many colors this character looks good in and how much I loved the flowers! They were my favorite look until the next set came along. Even if I don't go with them, I think if I ever have a need to depict Anko in a marriage or spring ceremony that the flowers would be perfect!
A productive few days! I honestly thought I was done with concepts, but then I got the idea to combine my previous day's concepts into a new variations, plus try the cloth wraps, but with chain taking the shape of the wraps. I also loved the long elegant shapes of the dangling flowers I found while reference hunting and had to try them on horns!
I needed another easy day and laying in flat colors on Anko's dice arrangement from last week obliged! Color brings all the golden goodness of baked goods to life, doesn't it?
After all this concepting, I wanted to work up one of my fave designs into a more fleshed out sketch! The result is this lovely little portrait which was also great gesture and anatomy practice. I had a little help from Senshistock with the pose as well! Highly recommend her awesome stock for idea-gathering.
I'm not sure I made it any easier for myself to choose a formal look for Anko because they all have something I like about them! Which ones did you guys like best?
Did you draw anything for May Sketch A Day this week? Share your favorite in comments so I can see and enjoy it too! Or if not, let me know which of my sketches you enjoyed best.
More soon! I've been working on a collection of enamel pin design sketches I'm so excited to share once I have them in a more finished spot!