UCD (United Champions of the Defenseless) from her cousin, an Officer of the Law, Aiya decides to offer her services. Her skill set? Science, chemistry, and a special interest in experimental explosive and incendiary devices. Has there ever been such a dangerous woman with such an innocent air?
To be fair, it's the intellectual pursuit that fascinates her, and she leaves using her creations to more qualified UCD members - at their own risk, of course.
Aiya is a cheerful, sometimes intense, often absent-minded character, and young. So the key with her was mixing scientist intellectual with fun loving young woman and communicating this through Effentan dress: a romantic mix of Baroque, Marie-Antoinette, Revolutionary America, swing dancing and that modern me touch.
I both love and hate designing for Effenta.
I love it because it's just so unabashedly girly and frilly and fun - I often look at wedding dress pics for inspiration. I LOVE the rich look of the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate hue of Effentan skin.
I hate it because laces, satins, velvets, gathering, draping and tucking can be tricky to draw as I envision in my head (designing for men is a whole other issue). Also, getting their skin to be the dark hue I desire while not losing detail, and placing the highlights just right isn't a walk in the park either! The last two I've drawn I've had to go back over the skin a couple times before I got the hue and smoothness I desired.
Still, I love the concept and when it comes together I'm just too pleased for words! Hence Aiya's style didn't particularly change from picture 2 to picture 3. While keeping the same basic silhouette and color palette, I changed some cuts and added some details to give it a little more visual interest and richness.
I Love how her stockings turned out. The white colored pencil wasn't popping enough on top of the light gray marker base, so I traced the rose shapes with a white paint pen. In some scans this gave them a really cool glow, but I chose not to use those as typically the rest of her didn't look so good in those shots.
Picture 1 is actually the 2nd time I drew Aiya, while Picture 2 was my first go. I included Picture 1 as reference because I couldn't find a scan of the original drawing. Picture 2 has been greatly cleaned up on the computer. So for the true original just picture coloring worse than Picture one and you'll know how far Aiya has come!