Character Concepts: Raye

Strange Company is a big story with a big cast, and it follows multiple POVs. There are five main characters, whose perspectives the story follows most often: Raye, Helmi, Uriel, Gabriel, and Sam. Out of these five main characters, THE main character is Raye.

A set of concept sketches of Raye. One, in color, of her posing with her hands on her hips and grinning. Three quick sketches of different expressions and hairstyles.
Concept sketches of Raye posing and a few different expressions.

Raye is an energetic young woman with a mischievous streak. She’s also a bit directionless, and doesn’t know what she wants out of life yet. This becomes a point of contention between her and her mother, who pushes her to go to university. Raye doesn’t want to think about the future just yet. What she does want is to see the ghost that all the archaeology field school students have been whispering about.

A portrait of Raye with her curly hair loose around her shoulders. She’s grinning and wears a blue striped tee shirt.
An older sketch of Raye with her hair down that I threw some color on. You can tell the older sketches from the slightly longer hair.

As far as her design, I gave her freckles to add to that whole adventurous small town girl vibe that I’m going for with her. She’s quick to smile, but also has a bit of a fiery temper, often butting heads with her mother and other authority figures.

A full body sketch of Raye posing with a hand on her hip and one foot kicked out. Her hair is pulled back into a high ponytail.
Quick color doodle of Raye posing with a hand on her hip and kicking her foot out.

Because of her active style, Raye will typically tie her hair back in a high ponytail to keep it out of her face. When she’s dressed more casually at home, she’ll throw it up in a bun or in a loose ponytail at the base of her neck. She has longer hair in earlier sketches, though recently I’ve been drawing it a bit longer than shoulder length and more cut straight across.

Full body poses of Raye wearing a robe, nightgown, and fuzzy slippers and holding a steaming mug. Another of her with hair loose, posing with hands on hips wearing tee shirt and shorts. A third of her wearing a green sundress and sandals with hair in a bun and waving. Final portrait sketch of her hair pulled back in a low ponytail, wearing an annoyed expression and a daisy print shirt.
This is another older set of pen sketches of Raye wearing different outfits. Again, threw the color on recently.

Here are a few quick sketches of things Raye may wear in different scenes. She’s high energy and spends a lot of time outdoors, so she’s a fan of tees and shorts. She wears a lot of baseball style tees, as well as baseball caps. She’s probably also is a fan of jerseys. She’ll wear more simple styles of clothing, though she’s a fan of bright colors, leaning more towards cooler tones. The patterns she tends to favor are stripes and sparse florals. When it comes to dressing up, she’ll wear dresses, but instead of heels or even flats, she prefers dressy sandals. Her typical footwear, though, is sneakers since she spends a lot of time walking and climbing, and volunteers a lot of her time at the nearby excavation site.

Half body sketch of Raye cupping a flame in her hands, staring at it in wonder. Her hair is tied back in a high ponytail.
Quick doodle of Raye holding a ball of fire in her hands.

Out of the five main characters of Strange Company, Raye is the only one who wasn’t born with an elemental affinity. Remember that ghost I mentioned before, though? Raye gets her wish and makes contact with it after sneaking into the underground ruins at the center of the excavation. This contact gains her an affinity to fire, which she needs to learn to control. She can’t do this alone, though, since she has no prior knowledge in the use of raw magic.

Portrait shot of Raye smiling and looking off to the side. Her hair is loose around her shoulders. She’s wearing a baseball tee. There’s a strip of decorative floral print washi tape along the right side of the image.
This is the last of the older pen sketches of Raye (again, colors are newly applied). Check out that washi tape!

I want to do more posts like this in the future, focusing on concept sketches and the like, as well as some posts on how magic works in the world that Strange Company takes place. Look forward to more on characters, settings, and various bits of world building!

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