Shapes and motifs
It’s important to pick a motif you can repeat throughout the design and with stylisation the motif can also be applied to the character’s anatomy. Imani’s primary shape motif is a puffy, tapered oval. You can see this echoed in her body, arms, legs, face shape, hair and weapons, even in her hands, fingers and feet. There isn’t a hard, sharp or right-angle shape on her.
Apply final details
When I finalise the concept I make sure our design pillars of bold, focused and charming are all there. Bold: she’s got that eye-catching fur collar and odd, exaggerated gun. Focused: everything about her design reinforces that she’s strong, capable and elite. Charming: her pose, costume and hairstyle say superiority and style. No weak, knock-kneed poses or vapid expressions here! When you see her hopefully you say, “Oh yeah, she’ll get the job done with a smirk on her face.”