Sila, Serpent Empress

Did a quick character art trade this week with a fellow artist; here’s my take on Sila, teenage empress of Seshar, and while I’m kinda bummed I didn’t get to draw her snake-like lower half, I definitely didn’t have the time or hand power. 🐍

This character was a bit of a challenge for me because I don’t usually draw young teenagers.  While Sila is an empress – and therefore both mature and richly-decorated – she’s also around 13 years old.  My first version looked a lot older – partly because I’m not great at drawing kids, and partly because I don’t usually draw conventionally “cute” characters, either:

There’s a lot more I could say about this piece, but for now I’ll just say that it was a great learning experience for me.  I’ve been increasingly enjoying drawing other people’s characters and concepts, so maybe we’ll see more of that as my hands recover…


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