Monday, September 19, 2011

Character Design Week 1

I am excited to begin an online course in character design through Schoolism, tutored by character guru Stephen Silver.

For the first assignment we were asked to create a character from a brief. I have tried to convey the character's cheery demeanour through both facial expression and pose. My process began with sketching different face shapes, then I moved to full body poses that I thought conveyed the emotion, then I worked up the “ink” outlines in a programme called Manga Studio. I then went back and sketched fists which were weak in my initial sketch and finally referenced the attitude of some Preston (old faithful) Blair cartooney hands. For the final I worked the fills up in greyscale before adding colour with hue/sat and then finally erasing into a 50% sillo on a new layer for the shading.