This was a crazy long project with a LOT of learning done over the course of it! There's so much that goes into character design that really brings their story to life! Designing her companions and her gauntlets/props were some of the best parts of this journey! The VFX concepts at the end were extremely fun to do and I can't wait to do more for future characters!!
About the character, Ara is Kae's older sister. She's strong and stubborn on the outside, but on the inside, she's just a softie who cares deeply about nature and harmony. She mysteriously disappeared as Kae was coming of age, wandering the forgotten spirit lands for 5 long years. She returned with 3 bird companions who aid her in combat and bring her fulfillment in life. Unlike many other humans who harness spirit energy, she started off in a friendship with hers and is able to wield three sources of energy whereas most can only wield one. She believes in a balance of power in a relationship between user and source and is ready to throw fists over mistreatment of spirits.