Character Art – Shiro

Howdy folks!  It has been a criminally long time since we’ve had art to show off from Barnswallow.  Today, we’re making amends!  We’re showing off a character from Numasa who is going to end up being very important to the Tellest lore here soon.  We’ll start off with a series of sketches and a little bit of cursory information though…

So, you can see that we had a couple of designs to look at for Shiro.  That’s because Barnswallow wanted to capture her abilities when she presented her.  You see, Shiro has the gift of summoning celestial glass.  Anything that she can think of, she can create, though of course it takes its toll on her.  She primarily uses it defensively, making shields or walls.  But she also uses it for utility as well.  Got a problem reaching a book on the top shelf?  Why not make a step ladder out of celestial glass.  Need to cross over a muddy creek?  How about a quickly formed magical bridge?

We opted to go for something that let us see her in a more refined and almost regal fashion.  I wanted Barnswallow to be able to focus on her poise and her awesome outfit, as we haven’t really seen the culture of Numasa expressed yet (with a slight exception for Kazuri).

When you actually see the colored version of the piece, it pops that much more.  I especially like the effect of the celestial glass wobble on the lower part of the outfit.  I’d love to see Barnswallow do another piece of Shiro in the future, because you can tell that she had a lot of fun putting it together.  I also can’t wait to talk more about Shiro and the project that she participates in.  I’ll try to get on that soon!

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Michael DeAngelo

Michael is the creator of the Tellest brand of fantasy novels and stories. He is actively seeking to expand the world of Tellest to be accessible to everyone.