After the general disapproval of version 1, Zanaikin felt the need to draw his version of how he imagined Rika to look like and posted it on his blog last Thursday. While waiting for him to come to Olsson for our usual meeting, I set up the equipment and decided to get working on my redraw of her. I had finished her face for the most part by the time he showed up and got a general approval on it, especially the hair pin I gave her. In terms of changes, I didn’t do too much other than add a slight embellishment to her skirt because without it, it looked somewhat plain and empty. The other major thing I changed was the look of the boots. They are the same style as in Zanaikin’s drawing but have added embellishments to make her’s match everyone else’s, plus I really like designing foot apparel.
One of the strange ideas we came up with Saturday was a result of random ramblings about Rika’s mech. Zanaikin and Citrus were having a debate about the look of it with Zanaikin taking the realistic side while Citrus wanted to add a little flare to the design. The topic of paint schemes came up while I was looking at my drawing so I exclaimed why not have Rika’s face painted on the chest plate. The absurdity of it generated much laughs and it got me thinking about it seriously. I proposed that it would be part of a joke that one of the other characters played on Rika. Someone would get Hikari to make some magic paint that would remain invisible until a certain criteria was met. They would paint an image of Rika’s face on her mech so that in the middle of the next battle, it would become visible causing the enemy much confusion. After the battle, she realizes why the enemy was acting so strangely and tries to find out who played the prank on her.
Hopefully, I’ll have the other second drafts done sometime soon…maybe.