I threw together a character lineup rough sketch for my Beyond story, to get a sense of everyone’s relative size, and to try to figure out once and for all the clothing design that’s going to feature in the story.
I have real trouble with clothing design. Everyone should just always wear jeans and sweaters and have done with it. But that’s not really going to work here, and anyway I admit it’s lazy of me to default to that all the time. SO. How do these people dress? Well, the Daraz Harcos (those bug-lookin’ people on the right) don’t wear clothes at all, so that’s easy.
The humans. Hmm. They’re all engaged in field research and lab work, so “relentlessly practical” seems to be the way to go. I recently decided to ditch gender as a concept altogether - none of these cultures got around to developing a concept of “gender” as a thing paired with but distinct from physical body, so they’re all gender-neutral all the time. That means the notion of gendered clothing can be jettisoned as well. Once I made that decision, figuring out the clothes got WAY easier.
Amihan is wearing pajamas, and really doesn’t understand why this story can’t start later in the day.
Beneke and Razi are shown wearing the same basic outfit. Razi’s got on full field gear of vest, bracers, and gaiters. These accoutrements keep clothing from getting snagged on underbrush, and in the case of the gaiters, they also keep snakes from chomping on your ankles or spiders from crawling up your trousers. The outfits are designed to be modular to minimize resource usage.
tl;dr: Look, only half the people are naked.
Next up - I’m going to ink this and figure out shading.
Here’s the inked and shaded version of my Beyond character lineup (if you want to see the pencils, and to read paragraph upon paragraph about clothing design, this is the post for you).
This is a test of possible shading options (the book is b&w). Might change some of this up later if it seems like it ain’t gonna work for the long haul.
Finally in the same city, we spent today editing so hard we made the neighbors gay. NEXT: crystal robot space pirates.