Q:i absolutely adore your art, especially the magical girls! Do you have any tips on character design? I struggle
Reference. Reference, reference, reference. Think about the character you’re trying to design. Who are they? What are they about and what sort of things do they like? What’s their style? And then just look at things that already exist. Look at celebrities, look at models, fashion and hair magazines or the type of people that already exist in this environment you’re trying to place this character into. Try and draw as much from everything that you can and create something new from it! Like with my viking girls, I had pages of historical viking armor open, fantasy viking armor, weapon reference, screencaps from Vikings, screencaps from Sailor Moon and Madoka Magica. And I just kinda pulled inspiration from all these guys until I found something I liked <3
It’s can seem like a really rough process at time but just have fun with it and play around with different ideas. Don’t be afraid to draw the same character 80 times over just to get the right hairdo.