Here is my design for Kelsier. His is tricky to me because, like every character, everyone has their own image in their head of what he looks like. I tried to stick with the basic bullet points of what he looks like mixed witch what I know about his character:
- Blondish hair
- Always smiling, handsome, almost devilish
- Scars from Hathsin in his forearms
- Has a brutal past but isn’t trying to hide it.
Even though he is a thoughtful and cunning individual, I’ve always found Kelsier to be an extrovert, which should be apparent through his colors and stance. Red feels more alive to me, more vibrant even if it is desaturated, that desaturation plays a subtle nod to his past and to Mare. And more muted colors can only help one sneak around at night or blend in if they need to. Still, he dresses like a nobleman occasionally, hence the vest and nice boots, but all of it accents the mistcloak. The red and his posture added together can give him a nice unpredictable vibe. Plus he loves to flaunt those scars.
Will do more of the team when I have time. If you want a better look at these check them out on my tumblr, the link is in my profile!
The original sketch was done traditionally then inked and colored in Procreate on iPad Pro.
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