Velvet’s Thermian Argument

Following up Ozzie’s redesign of Magilou, this is the character from

Tales of Berseria

that I picked to redesign for the same week: Velvet! I started out by giving her actual pants. Then I moved the leg armor she has from her right leg to the left, in order to balance out the armor on her right arm, to which I added more parts. I decided to keep the leg belts because she seemed like an edgy character from the backstory I read up on the game wiki.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do about her red shirt. There were probably like 6 different iterations, and I didn’t really like any of them. The final design before this final one was actually:


Because despite the awful execution, I could see what the artist was trying to do: frame her body with large shapes (the coat, the monster arm, and the hair), and fill the inner body with small shapes. I did like the torn edges to her shirt, but didn’t know what to do with the collar. 

Then after the last stream I spent working on her, we got an ask from @solaela explaining that her outfit was put together from prisoner belongings when she escapes from jail early in the game. That gave me the idea that, what if she found an old breastplate that was confiscated, or on a guard that had to be knocked out, or whatever? It wouldn’t fit her perfectly, and it might be old and dirty, but even if Velvet doesn’t care about modesty, she should probably care about staying alive. So I gave her a breastplate and broke it up into smaller shapes.

While the Thermian Argument is a poor excuse for bad design, I do think knowing about the character helps to makes for better designs.


Magilou and the case of book-skirt

The first stream redesign I did was for the infamous “leatherbound books make a perfect skirt!” costume of Magilou from Tales of Berseria, which we bingoed before
I suppose the creators thought that being a magic user excuses her sense of fashion, but I wouldn’t know how to begin explaining their exact thought process.

Agreeing with Icy that poofy pants are great (and would compliment the shape of Magilou’s hat), I decided to put them in place of the mind-boggling book-skirt. 
Without books, her furry collar became the only splash of brown in her design, so I got rid of it, replacing it with a collar that would make her top wearable. 

While working on that I noticed that the alternating blue-pink rythm of her color scheme was inconsistent in some small details, so I recolored her left shoe and painted light pink diamonds on her right sleeve. Also added a fringe to the pants and an undershirt that, along with new collar, fit the scheme of details being lighter shades of pink and blue, while primary shapes are colored darker.

Her hat was pretty awesome and its color asymmetry not really distracting, so I left it as it was.


@xagrok asked:

I know you already wrote a bit about Velvet Crowe’s design from Berseria, but may I ask for your opinion on Magilou’s? I think you’ll find her design… charming, especially her book skirt.

Well… the hat works.

Honestly though with the book skirt I’m not sure what’s more upsetting – the idea of the bruises and chaffing you’d get from leatherbound books slapping and rubbing on your legs… or that someone would do that books!

Also it looks like the buckle on top edge of that front book is resting… right on her mound.  So yeah, for her sake I hope nothing bumps it.

– wincenworks

@whereismywizardhat submitted:

A follow up on Tales of Berseria’s extremely edgy protagonist, Velvet.

What really gets me here is that Velvet’s outfit before contracting Lycanthropy is infinitely better then this nonsensical combination of belts and scraps of fabric.


Wait, Velvet contracted the rare “Sexy Lady” strain of lycanthropy… one that makes her grow just one monster hand and wear torn up sexy clothes instead of become a wolf monster?  What a brilliant and unique idea Tales of Beseria!

It’s pitching itself as an epic battle between Reason and Emotion, and through a process of elimination we already know who one at the wardrobe.

– wincenworks