Hello illustrators! The illustration I'm looking for is an illustration of a fictional character in an upcoming fantasy book I'm writing. This fantasy book is in turn part of a larger series set in the same world. Over the course of this year I will probably have at least three characters from this story illustrated, and by the end of the year I will select one to be on the cover.
For this week's contest, the character you will be illustrating will be Inspector Valentine. Inspector Valentine (full name, Susan Valentine) is a human woman probably between the age of 20 and 30. As I have only begun to write the book, I don't have a firm grasp of what she looks like. That's what this contest is for. Most of the time I imagine her to be Goth, but she doesn't have to be. This is partly due to the fact that she travels from place to place inside a gigantic black blimp. The blimp doesn't have to be included in the illustration, and I would encourage you to leave it out if it just doesn't fit or if it detracts from the characters appearance. The blimp is not that important to the illustration. Valentine's occupation is solving mysteries and inspecting organizations to be 100 % certain they are following protocols. She is ambitious and extremely formidable at her job. For half of the book she is the antagonist, while the other half of the book she is on the protagonists side.
This is not a high fantasy with swords and magic. If this world resembled a particular time period in history it would probably resemble Samuel Clemens youth, but obviously there are differences and in some parts of the world the technology is more advanced and in others it is less. You can find blimps, balloons, steamships, cowboys, royals, and animatronics - depending on where you go. I tell you this so you don't feel limited to only Lord of the Rings style clothing when illustrating Inspector Valentine. Her personality as "Inspector" and her role as both protagonist ally and antagonist are important to emphasize artistically - in whatever way you chose.