Most recent update: 2017/02/25
I'm new the board and a little late in jumping into the contest, but I've been pluggin' away at it for a few weeks before starting this thread. I know you wanna get to the pictures so here's how I began!
Given the broad parameters of the prompt, it took me a bit to figure out what I wanted to do. I started with silhouettes and scribbles, as you do, to see what I could come up with. I initially wanted to do something like a cosmic version of Pete Morbacher's Angel illustrations, but I wasn't feelin' it.
So then I went back to the drawing board. I recalled an obscure PS1 game by the name "Star Gladiator" and then it clicked. I'd do a space gladiator type character set in pulpy sci-fi universe in the vein of Fifth Element or Megas XLR. Space Aliens. Space Bars. Space Pirates. Space Bounty Hunters. SPACE!!! I settled on three of six new silhouettes and moved on from there.
I did a first run of designs aaaaaand I wasn't really feelin' it yet. Turns out I was shakin' off a bit of rust from the designer parts of my brain.
Second time's the charm! Grabbed me some more reference, specifically of crustaceans and various roman armor, and ended up with six really solid candidates.
I've already have two favorites of these six, but I'd like to see what you guys think before I move forward.
In the mean time, I'll be working on her face and what she looks like under the armor!
As always, all feedback is welcome! Best of luck to those of you reading who are also participating.