Thursday, February 25, 2010

Character design?

Every once in a while when I'm feeling particularly uninspired, I have a tendency to fixate on character design. I suppose it beats not producing any artwork at all, but it can be frustrating to get stuck on one idea for a long time. It's not always so easy for me to get the idea out of my head and onto the page. I guess it's all part of the learning process, right? Am I right? Aw, who knows.

Anyway, I've always thought the term "character design" was a little odd... Even in art school, there were specific classes and students devoted to "character design". It seems strange to me to devote yourself to such a precise field. So you've developed this design of yours, but does it immediately make it a "character"? Not exactly... it seems to me that the term "character" would imply that your creation also has a personality, a voice, and a general fleshed out concept. Most character designs just kinda stand around and... look cool. Which isn't the worst thing in the world, really, just a little shallow.

I'm totally guilty of this, however. What can I say... I like what I like. I always try to create things that I'm interested in, although I'm sure some efforts/ideas are better than others. I make no apologies.

And with that, here's the latest thing:

I've had this WW2 kinda fighter pilot theme in my head for a while. I've played around with similar ideas before, but here's one I tried to refine. I'm happy enough with it for now. She's kinda got this... Penelope Pitstop/Rose from Street Fighter/maybe a bit of Tank Girl thing going on. Although, not nearly as cool as any of those things... actually Penelope Pitstop sucks.

Here's a grubby sketch timeline from the last, oh I'd say 3 months or so...

...Just a few of the more interesting sketches I did. There were a lot more, but they're considerably more embarrassing than these.

If there's one thing I can say about character design that I really like, it's following the evolution of the concept. Yup.

Here's something interesting to read courtesy of John K. if anyone cares...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Welcome to your doom!


This is part of a caricature I did for someone. I'll post the entire illustration later, after said person is shown said caricature. It would just be a bummer if that person found out about it beforehand, you know. In the meantime though... the fab four. The young versions. George looks a little scary, but I'm pretty happy with these drawings.

Sketchy sketch girl. I tried to make her really specific looking, so I gave her an overbite.

Another drawing of the same girl. I decided to throw in some quick colour. She looked cuter as a sketch, though. I like her weird, elongated head.

I've got a few projects lined up for the near future. Come back some other time!