Warning: Boobs ahead
So don't read it if you work in a preschool or seminary or whatever.
Since Red Sonja is pretty much the only character I've never seen an interesting reinterpretation of, I've decided to try my hand at making one.
Also, because I'm irritated at the tendency for every single female character in video games to look like the same goddamn character with a different hair color, I want to play around with proportions and stuff.
Enough talk! Pictures!
A few of the refs I'm pulling from:
The pretty shitacular concept sketch I'm loosely basing the model on:
This is still extremely unfinished and unrefined, but that's super okay.
I have a few specific goals with this character.
1. Make a female character that doesn't completely suck. Heh.
2. Push some pretty unorthodox proportions and shape language.
3. Make a reinterpretation of Red Sonja in actual clothing that's still readable as the classic character.
4. Avoid things like high heels, metal bikinis, and other equally useless bullshit.
I've started and abandoned tons of female characters in the past, though mainly because I felt like I lacked the skills to really approach making an appealing and attractive female character. I recently stopped giving a fuck about whether or not I could at the moment and decided that I'm going to teach myself how to do it instead of being a wimp.
I'm a big fan of Lokman Lam's Kingdom Death concepts
; they have a lot more mass and meat on them than most concept art of female characters do, and that's fuckin' peachy-keen. I want to throw a little of that style into this by giving her some thickness in her limbs and really exaggerated hip proportions. In addition to that, I really want to push for a different face shape than people are used to seeing in female game models. There's a vast number of facial shapes that people completely ignore because they aren't "ideal," and that's just goofy as shit.
It still boggles my mind, but the closest I've seen to a reinterpretation of the Red Sonja character is the one with the blue fur in my reference image above. And that was just in a few comics, not in some sort of fan art. I'm frankly astonished that somebody hasn't taken the initiative to blast out an awesome fully clothed yet still sexy Red Sonja.
Metal bikinis are stupid.
More stuff to come. I'm going to go pretty in-depth with some analysis of stuff like proportions and how I can improve in my next few posts.
I'd also like to provide the WIPs as downloads just like I did with my Showdown entry, though this is so unfinished at the moment that something along those lines seems silly right now.