I-Rok was the first character I designed for Ready Player One back in 2015.
As far as I remember it was the first character approved by Steven Spielberg.

Initially, it was supposed to have a mask protecting his face that would open up to show his real avatar.

Everything about this guy had to be over the top,
so that is exactly what I was trying to explore with these sketches.

Funny enough, after spending a few days on different ideas, I did a 5-minute sketch in Alchemy with the skull and that was the one that got approved!:)