Very old character concept for Umeko, the tengu, a side-character in Hotarugari who originally appears in Chapter 4 but some rewriting might change that. Decided not to go with this design but I thought I’d still share it. Normally, tengu are known to be half-man, half-bird-like creatures with terrible red faces and beak-shaped noses, but in Hotarugari, they’re cute little girls, and only tengu who can’t transform into a human properly have big noses, and they’re easily embarrassed, so they’re always turning red. Umeko is very wise, weird, and sweet, and she and Hotaru have met on a few occasions, so they know each other, but because she lives so far away, high up on the snowy mountains with her people, they hardly ever see each other.