Concept sketches I commissioned from hino-kit to depict expressions of Coral Kesuk for the redesign of 'What I Learned at SRU' into an original series, currently titled 'What We Learned at Rokudai.' (Uploaded with artist's permission) She is directly inspired by Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra. She has shark-themed tribal tattoos on her right bicep in a band as well as a larger one on her back.
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Coral Kesuk is a young adult (27-28), a Canadian of Inuit/Native-American (and perhaps some African) ethnicity. She is Katrina and Siku's older cousin, and their only cousin. After witnessing her aunt's death at the age of 18, Coral made a personal vow to become strong enough to fight back against criminals like the ones who hurt her family. She attended police academy at her Uncle's advice, but flunked due to her immaturity and rash behavior, unfit for the force.
Ashamed and down on herself, she quickly took bartending school and became a bartender as soon as she was legally able. Years of life as a bartender passed until she sought a change of pace in the town her cousins attend college, down in the US. She packs away her old life and seeks to start a new one.
She is a kid at heart, possessing an intimidating figure -- the body of a woman, but the maturity of a child. She's physically strong, loyal to a fault, and possesses an intense determination and passion to protect people around her, especially those who are not strong enough to defend themselves. However, she suffers from mental/emotional immaturity, and has a habit of taking out her insecurities by puffing up her chest and doing foolish, violent things to make herself feel 'strong.'
When she ends up having little choice in the way of making money but to become a local babysitter for a trio of tweens, Coral's understanding of what 'serving and protecting' really means and why it's worth fighting for gradually becomes clear.
All pieces Hino has done for this series:
Katrina Kesuk - and expressions
Jun Tu Fong - and expressions
Jane Fitzpatrick - and expressions
Siku Kesuk - and expressions
Coral Kesuk - and expressions
Maya Chiao - and expressions
Saffron Fong - and expressions
Aaron Leekpai - and expressions
An introduction to this project can be found here: saint-roku-university.tumblr.c…
The project's full art gallery can be viewed here: destiny-smasher.deviantart.com… The story (in its current, 'fanfiction' first draft) starts on DA here: destiny-smasher.deviantart.com… and can be read on FF.net here: www.fanfiction.net/s/6417590/1… All art and fiction for the project can be followed on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WhatILearneda…
I just feel like she's a bit too manly in this sketch
She's sort of supposed to be in a way. Although somehow she does seem to look a bit more "manly" in these sketches than she does in the main one the same artist did. I'm not sure why that is, though.
Haha! It's not a bad thing! It makes her look a little distinct. I kind of like it -- even though some other might not. Like I said, she's sort of supposed to be a bit more butch. You have been doing a fantastic job with these, I love them a lot and they will be super useful reference pieces!
As long as you're okay with it hahahaa tho tbh she does look buffer than the main drawing, so that was my fault
Thank you hehehe
It is all concept art, so it doesn't need to look "perfect" -- part of the purpose of hiring commissions from you and a few others right now for this concept art is to see what you come up with, to help me decide what actually IS going to be the "perfect" look. Your art of Coral has helped in that regard, and it just looks good in general! Like all of the ones you've made so far~ <3
I really really like Coral, she's so... imperfect.