I think I forgot to post this earlier!
People frequently don’t understand how many revisions and how much thought can go into designing even a fairly simple character!
Gale, the dancer, started out looking like this:
While we liked the body shape, the rest wasn’t working. She wasn’t nearly as quirky as the other characters, so we more or less went on an adventure to find out her personality. She was briefly a princess, but we hated it, so we went princess > fairy princess > bugcatcher > dancer somehow.
We also wanted her to have a different color palette than the other characters. I really wanted to do her hair purple, too, but couldn’t get it looking good and we really wanted the purple/yellow palette so she ended up blonde. I think she bleaches/dyes it though. :D
Lastly and probably most importantly, I didn’t want her personality to be just “girl” and after reading this article I removed any pointless “female” signifiers from her, such as hearts, flowers, bows, and excessive makeup. You can see them vanish back when I was doing thumbnails, about the time she turns from a bugcatcher into a dancer.