I finally completed a painting of Alex Hawkenstone, the main protagonist of my story. I went though many color experiments with the clothing to get something I was satisfied with. She is a norden, a people that live in the snowy mountains of the north. She is no warrior, has no super powers, cannot cast a spell, nor can she shape shift. However, she has her wits about her at all times. Something she puts to use with eerie precision. She starts out uncertain of herself, but gains confidence throughout the story. I want her to grow with the reader. This is less of a coming of age story. It is more about ordinary people put into epic and extraordinary circumstances, and coming out on top. I painted it in Photoshop using a drawing tablet. It took about four hours total to paint. five hours if you count researching the clothing.
update: adjusted the colors from cool to warm to better match her personality.