i don’t have time for a proper drawing right now, but here’s a quick sketch
i’ve always thought that sabriel and lirael would be a good example of what a difference posture/attitude can make in character design. my headcanon is that, haircuts aside, they are physically very similar (same basic face and body types) and that what makes them so different is, really, personality.
i also really like the idea that the genetics of the clayr and the abhorsens are SUPER STRONG so they almost all look nearly identical (i mean, blonde hair and light eyes are recessive traits, so you KNOW clayr genes are strong!) and that the royal genes are, in terms of physical appearance, just sort of normal. and obviously the wallmakers are just like… whatever. doesn’t have to be a blood thing. is it an inspiration thing? sam, what are you?
we just don’t know.