I made this character after watching the winter Olympics in 2018. I'm always amazed at the figure skating events. The skaters manage to be athletic and artistic at the same time. The outfits they wear are amazing! They're so colorful and flowy. So I spent the next several months designing this character.

This render was an attempt at re-creating the semi-realistc style that's so popular in the movies. I wasn't very happy with the results, and I think I'm going to do this character over again some time in the future. I don't think I'm going to go for the realistic style– I've become much more interested in stylized, non-photorealistic rendering.

The outfit she's wearing is my design. It's inspired by traditional Chinese dresses.

I've got big plans for this character in the future (and she'll need a partner to skate with!), but not for a long time. I want to make a figure-skating animation that's really special, and it's not something I'm going to attempt until I've got quite a bit more experience.