This is part 2 of the Head and Eyes of Adult Blaze. The eyes was somewhat of a challenge because I was wondering what specifically to accentuate without taking away the essence. After random experimenting and research, what I believe to be a reasonable compromise finally manifested on paper.
Panel 1: The eyes are the most visually distinct feature about a person, so I knew I had to examine closely to accurately read about Blaze's personality. Besides being catlike, it displays strength, femininity, reserve, and seriousness. The largeness of her eyes displays youth and very striking. I went with the official look, though it somewhat conflicted with her suppose to look older.
Panel 2: Panel 2 is beginning of experimenting. They aren't called ideas because I had no plan and let myself sketch whatever surfaced on my mind, although I did glance at the official art. Perhaps simply decreasing the size and changing the position of the eyelashes would be enough to achieve what I want. However, something was off about it so I did another.
Panel 3: With the 2nd experiment, I had somewhat of an idea but not clearly. I decided to try accentuate the cartoony cat part and completely get rid of the eyeliner detail around her eyes. The eyelash was also reduced to 1 due to the idea of strictly a natural look. But, I unintentionally make her look mischievous and silly. XD
Panel 4: An idea about her eyes finally came to me, which has to do with my personal theory of Blaze possibly being loosely based off the Lilac-Point Siamese cat. Here is a link that will show a picture and describe them.
When reading about certain aspects of them like symbolizing royalty(Blaze is a princess), are Asian(traits of Blaze could be interpret of Asian, specifically Southeast Asia), role as spirit guardians(Blaze is the guardian of the Sol Emeralds), and even the word "Lilac"(Blaze's fur color). This is also my personal headcanon of her mother being Lilac-Point Siamese breed. Next is accentuating the traits displayed from her official art and slightly adding a little more allure due to her being a cat woman.
Panel 5: The final result is returning to the essence of the official design, but tweak it based on the ideas from Panel 4. She looks recognizable, but also more mature.