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Maia Avanti is a university student studying journalism with the dream to one day soon become an investigative journalist for a major magazine or news organization. When her best friend and dorm mate, Shelby Bly, finds herself caught up in a dangerous adventure, Maia will do whatever is takes to help her. Thanks to her summer internships at the Wander Magazine, she has acquired numerous information sources though her most helpful source would be the senior journalist, Nick Piper. Maia is far more worldly and cautious than the quick-to-trust-and-take-risks Shelby. Despite her caution, Maia will find herself right in the middle of the intrigue surrounding the Vril. It will take all of her wits and resourcefulness to find the truth behind the myths before it is too late for them all.
I had to update this concept quite a bit again because while creating the promotional artwork, College Pals, I found out that her previous hair model had absolutely no movement morphs. So either I would have to explain that she uses some sort of magic hairspray that keeps her hair permanently in place no matter what action is going on, or I would have to change the hair model. I chose the latter. First I chose a model I didn’t like too much and then later, after I had to also change Shelby’s hair model, I found an even better hair model for Maia and changed Maia’s hair again to what it is now. Now she looks perfect! I also updated her nail polish shader with something that looks way, way better (it’s actually a car paint shader) and updated a few other shaders while I was at it. I think I’m now finished with this character concept. I hope.
Below you will see some of the alternate outfits and other variations of this character that will be needed for the graphic novel. In the novel, the characters change their clothes as needed like normal people rather than wearing the same outfit in every scene. Some of the following alternate outfits are finalized concepts but others I am still working on so these may be subject to change. Click an image below to zoom in.