Hello, this is my first time posting here and I am looking for a review of my character's design :
So, Laïla is at the very beginning of my story a sea captain. She's not really a fighter, more of a strategist, that's why I gave her a limited protection, plus armor and chainmail on a boat are not that great because they're heavy and if you fall into the sea they'll sink you right away. She wears the full outfit on the ground and takes off the chainmail and plate on the boat. Later on, magic is invented and quickly weaponized so armor becomes useless. Her home culture is loosely based on persian culture, so I loosely based some pieces of her costume on persian clothing, particularly her chest plate, with the traditional circular shape, and the pants.
Her second outfit is a court outfit, she creates during the story a powerful commercial empire, so this dress is made to show her power and wealth. That's what I tried to do by putting a lot of pearls on it, because pearls are in that culture (not the one she's from, the one she wants to impress) a sign of wealth because of their rarity. The shape of the dress is based on european fashion from the 1860s (for the shape of the skirt) and the 1890s-1900s (for the shape of the corset). The embroidery is based on Art Nouveau jewelry. This one isn't designed to be practical (it is not) but to impress. I chose the teardrop for a main shape, because it reminds me of those very big pearls you see sometimes, and because it is linked to the sea (drop=water), with her being a sea captain. Pearls are also linked to the sea, and are an important motif in her design.
About her palette, I first chose golden, because her eyes are golden (her name derivates from "d'or" which means "of gold" in french). Then I chose dark red, because I think it shows well her impetuous and kind of impulsive character. (please ignore the fact that I colored her clothing in light blue in the reference sheet, her design was slightly updated after I drew it.)
Sorry for the wall of text, any language mistakes that might have slipped in, and the lack of back view (it already took me seven hours to finish the front view and the back doesn't have anything special so I figured front view would suffice). Have a nice day !