But anyway, it should be fairly obvious what this is: basically, it is a compilation of everything good in Ruby's design, packed into a single handy, hopefully easy-to-use reference image. You'll recognize most of these things. That drawing on the left is what I worked on during vacation. This shows what I strive for, minus a few imperfections here and there. There's no clothing folds, her hair isn't shaded, little things like that, but it's a great image for showing her current design.
The image to the right you'll recognize as being the original drawing of her from the prologue. While some things I've done better since then (for instance, in that drawing, it looks like the mask she's wearing is a bandanna-with-eyeholes, a-la Zoro, whereas it's supposed to be a domino mask), and some things I'm applying conservation of detail to (for instance, her shoes, and also a bit with her hoodie), it is all-around a solid design for her, the first to show that, yes, she is a teenager, yes, she is a superhero, yes, she is a magical girl, all in one image.
The bottom-right you'll recognize from the image I just posted. It is capturing the essence of Ruby. It does have some minor mistakes on her design, though, like not including the stripes at the bottom of her skirt and not having a bottom seam in her hoodie, but it's as I mention, the perfect rendition of her as a badass teenage superhero.
The middle-right design should not be underestimated, though. While it has some early-design-flaws (the mask still doesn't look like a domino mask yet), it's a brilliant front-perspective shot, with some foreshortening at that, which includes basically every relevant detail of Ruby's design.
Then we get into the colored items. I'm not sure if I posted my inktober images on this blog or not (don't remember), but the bottom-left image comes from it, as the sketches I did on D1 and D2. This is, 100%, completely and entirely, an accurate rendition of Ruby's hoodie and skirt. The text is too small to read, but it's filled with notations where I describe the items on the hoodie in detail, everything from the length of the sleeves (elbow-length approximately) to the sides being black (but the front+back being red) to the red seam on the bottom to the red seam on the pockets to the zippers on the pockets (speaking of which, pockets are a detail that I'm coloring wrong in the black-and-white, same as the skirt, because I fear losing detail if I shade them with pencil, so that's an intentional decision on my part to leave for digitization) to the middle zipper to the color of the hood (black inside, red outside), all sorts of things like that.
The top-right image was not a drawing of Ruby, per se, being me making a quick, 10-minute digital sketch of what I look like lifeguarding (with...some mild artistic liberties taken), but since Ruby is based off of me, it's close enough. It shows her official hair color. More or less: a standard brown. Her eyes are also green when she doesn't have a mask on.
The final image, in the middle, was a cheap five-minute drawing meant to mimic a toy. Think of it as a digital doodle: no reference images, just quickly throwing something together halfheartedly to make something vaguely okay. However, in spite of being cheap, it does contain important details: things like the color of Ruby's skirt, socks, and shoes, her having a domino mask, hair coloring, skin coloring (okay, so think somewhere between the middle and top-right: not as light as the middle, not as dark as the top-right), hair, and vitally, her eyes being blue while wearing a mask. That cheap toy drawing is the ONLY drawing I have with that detail right now.
I have it in my notes, naturally. But only there, in the cheap toy drawing, is it shown.
Soyeah. I now have a cheap, easy universal one-image-only handy reference guide for Ruby. I just checked, and it does in fact viably fit in the picture viewer. I mean, the small middle drawing has the details be virtually invisible, and the top-right drawing when zoomed out so much is a bit blurry, but every other detail shows clearly and crisply.
Now, this is, sadly, an image that I will only have available at full size on my personal computer (because, uh...yeah, not many places accept uploads of 12.7 MB), but the smaller version still maintains almost all the details. (The middle image, sadly, is a bit too small; the blue eyes--the most important detail--get too blurry to be clear, albeit being vaguely there.)
...Of course, I've wasted all this time on the image, so now I need to redouble my efforts at actually getting my work DONE!
I really don't want to fail that checkpoint.
Soyeah. While it's been fun, and semi-productive, to do this, now it's time for me to actually get back in business. I've got the 5 at 5 to listen to, which is great motivation to stay in one place and listen to them while working, rather than, say, going out to the living room and checking to see if the computer's open.
Wish me luck! (I, uh...very much desperately NEED it.)