Here's one of many concept artworks for Lanoa the main character of Nsala Liberation. I made a good deal of sketches for the game over the many years of its development. Perhaps I'll share some more in the future. Lanoa has a different hairstyle in this sketch and her pupils are hidden from view from the magical energy in her eyes. Both the hair and marks on her head are inspired by Benin Art.
This image also gives a good view of her signature swirling armor which can be difficult to see in the sprite. Fun Fact: Lanoa's asymmetric armor design was inspired by the armor of Cecil from Final Fantasy IV.
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