Q: What attributes does he/she use? Weaponry? Tools? What does he/she need those attributes for?
A: The lightning he casts out of hands is his main weapon. The bandages he wears protect him from the damaging his hands too much when using these spells and cover his burned hands.
The lantern hanging from his belt has a special candle in it; the flame of this candle starts to flicker when there is danger. The glowing crystal fragments hanging from his chest piece contain the souls of great demons who have tried to take the artefact. These crystals capture the demons preventing them from to possessing new hosts.
Q: Does he/she have relatives/companions?
A: The guru who trained him has trained more talented individuals, some of which he knows and some of which he doesn't. Most of them use their powers to keep the balance and are likely to help each other. Others use their powers for their own good. After he completed his training he was sent to this temple to protect the artefact. He has lived there for years now in solitude.
Q: Is there any kind of side character?
A: During the progression of the game he leaves his temple to help the main characters. During these quests he is likely to run into some other mages trained by his guru and might even find his old master...
The Design Process
The design process is a chronological description of the steps taken to get from the initial idea to the final design. Designing a character is very iterative, that is why I present this overview in distinct sections per iteration.
The first sketches made revolved around the face of the character. The priority was to find the personality of this character as quickly as possible. A 3D head was used as a template; this was printed out and faded. The heads where then drawn on top of these grayed out templates on paper. The coloring was done in Photoshop (Fig.01).
After a head was found that was fitting for the design idea, I attempted to create a matching body. This proved rather difficult since the style employed for the heads was hard to use for materials like cloth and metal. Too much reference was used in the design of the clothing, giving him more of samurai look instead of the magical look I was after. You can see my design on the left of Fig.02, next to two references images from the internet.
After some feedback from peers I decided to restart the process and throw everything out. This time around the starting image would be created with a lot less references; instead the focus would lie on first finding an interesting shape and silhouette. Many quick sketches where produced in this process. I then picked the most successful sketches and developed them into slightly more detailed sketches, slowly reducing 12 potential designs down to 1 (Fig.03).