No, this isn't based upon anyone in particular... though I did use my cousin Jennifer's skin and hair tones, as the first picture of a female I stumbled upon in my hard drive.This is not my favourite of this early set of pictures in this gallery. Probably for the same reason as a lot of people do like it; it's conventional. It's expected. It's (and I really have to swallow my pride to apply this term to anything I'm involved with in a non-ironic manner) normal. I will say, though, that although the design does look pretty crude by my current standards, I do rather like certain qualities of the costume design; certainly, it’s a good alternation of colours I used, and the ribbing in the fabric itself is quite nice.
The sword, though… ah, well. Nobody’s perfect.