I’m not a good artist. That’s why I commission Aisha/Nex fan art instead of drawing it myself. So when I come up with characters, I always struggle to get them out of my head and onto paper.
Fortunately, I didn’t create Aisha and Nex, so I have templates to work with. But I still wanna redesign them slightly. I commissioned concept art of Nex from LivingAliveCreator (www.deviantart.com/livingalivecreator), the same artist who drew him and Aisha going out for froyo after a workout.
As you can see, he doesn’t look dramatically different. The main change is his hair color; it’s closer to black now. I wanted him to look less anime-esque and more like he might look as a real person. That means no blue hair, but it has a bluish sheen to it.
His darker hair makes his eyes stand out, which gives him an even more intimidating look than he had in Winx Club. That’s what I wanted. In my story, a lot of people are afraid of Nex. They think he’s dangerous and untrustworthy, and his cool and cocky persona doesn’t help. But once someone gets to know him better, they find out he’s really loyal, outgoing, and loving…though he cares too much about people’s approval.
I’m playing off of two things: his death symbolism and how the Winx fandom sees him. You could say the characters who shun him represent the fandom, but that’s not my main intention. It has more to do with how we fear death.
I wanna take Nex’s character further than Rainbow ever will. It’s not obvious in Winx Club (especially since most fans don’t know his symbolism), but he’s unique for a character who represents death. There’s a lot to explore about him, especially with the contrast between his name and his positive traits. I’ve already come up with an arc for him and a few characters (besides Aisha, of course) who will play a role in it.
What do you think of his new look? (Don’t forget: this story is a work in process, so his design might change in the future.)