Mortal Kombat Pre-11 Fix, Part 2
Mileena, the Pink Titninja
Welp, I struggled with this one. This is Mileena, an evil (?) clone of Kitana, a princess of some place, which was then conquered and absorbed into another place, and thus adopted by the warmonger who conquered her initial homeland, becoming the princess of the imperialist land. Was that confusing? Don’t worry about it, it doesn’t play into either of the ladies’ designs in MK9.
The main takeaway is that, because of the cloning thing, she has monster teeth, hence the mask. That’s about all the “personality” we get out of this particular design.
Step 0 for this stream was to fix her poor spine, which is why her legs are shorter in the redraw.
For the actual redesign, I decided to take inspiration from MK11′s male designs, and use references of samurai and, later, ninja. I also thought it would be cool to give her an oni mask, as an act of rebellion. Like, she hides her scary teeth because “she has to,” but it’s with a mask that has the same teeth on it. (I also changed her face a bit, and took her eyeshadow away.)
I tried to give her slightly more variation in her (awful) color scheme, too. I made black the main color, with pink and white as accents. I gave her a combination samurai/ninja outfit, cause she seems like the “strike from the shadows” type, from what I read about her backstory. I initially had different ideas, but we all know by now how well those work out.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. I inserted the white shirt to break up the black shaped, but I’m still not a huge fan of how it looks. And yet, I feel like I put more thought and effort into my concept than the original artist.
PS – The lack of shading in the black of the outfit is on purpose.
Dragalia Lost Some Clothes, Part 1
It’s quite unfortunate that Dragalia Lost ended up being another waifu collector mobile game, cause the gameplay mechanics were fun and interesting (before I got bored, as usual). We picked some of these ladies to give them clothes more appropriate for their station/role.
I personally found this image of Nefaria, who’s described as “a beautiful woman clad in foreign garb.” Now, I’m not saying that I hate this because she’s a woman of color, but it certainly doesn’t help.
My work culminated in 3 significant changes: I changed her face slightly to be less generic, I gave her an actual logical top that connects to her little tabbard, and I gave her cool pants. This was another project where I was trying to make the point that you can have cool designs that aren’t too different from the “sexy” version. It wouldn’t have been too much effort for a higher-up to request the changes I made.
I stayed with the “subtle nose highlight” style but made it a larger highlight, implying a larger nose. Give girls noses! It’s 2019!
Also, some pants.
They’re still fun, they still got a cut down the side, but now they’re waist-high pants. You don’t notice how low the shorts are on her hips in the original until you focus on it, and then it’s just ridiculous.
I also took her heels away, just for good measure. I love ruining the fun, as you all know.