I originally wanted to design a character with inspiration from both the Final Fantasy and Fire Emblem series. After my first round of iterating, I was not satisfied with the result. I was fine with the costuming and weapon designs, but I was struggling so much with drawing the faces. They felt out of place and the style just didn’t match.
I decided to go for a simpler and more cartoony kind of style. First, I tried different hairstyles and faces and I found the first design to be the best. I then tried creating different outfits because I didn’t like the winter theme I originally had in mind. I chose the first outfit and decided on weapons. At first, I thought a small dagger would be cool, but it didn’t seem right with the look I was going for, so instead I chose a magical amulet.
I used Adobe Photoshop to add color and clean up lines and smudges.