I've been developing a character for the last few days and recently decided to trash most of the design choices I had made. Something just wasn't working and I decided to stick as close as I could to how I perceive this character in my mind.
The old design sheet:
Basically, the first designs I did where supposed to be very military like. But I realized I had been half-assing that element because that isn't who I really wanted to design. I knew I wanted this character to be set in a militant area, but I now realize I pictured her as part of a rebelion of sorts.
The main thing I know I want for this character is shy, mild mannered and pretty weak. But she has this great potential to help help out her people. Sort of like Great Expectations with magic powers and a huge war going on.
The new character:
This is the first concept for her. The pose is bland but I hope it expresses her shyness some. I want to use this as the new design page, her front and back. After I pin down her exact character and personality, I will do a more illustrative type image with stronger body language. I felt that a younger character fit with the rags to ritches vibe I want. She has a lot to learn and feels in over her head, but the natural talent is there.
Anyways, I was hoping for general feedback and as a jumping off point, which color scheme works the best? I personally like the first more, but I felt I should try another with more saturated colors. The next step will be variations and making the silhouette as strong as possible. Then I will move on to other elements and details that help express her character.
Thanks for any help!