I was given this book to look at the way concept books are put together, I would’ve liked to produce my own small book for my story, however I think I will create four design boards instead. However this book was extremely useful to show development from sketch to final design.
I have begun sketching out ideas for character weapons and belongings. I am really happy with the digital drawing of the sword, I found it extremely hard to depict the texture of metal and the light on the object. However for a simple design I think i did this well and I am starting to prefer working digitally to just by hand. The other images are not as successful as that however I spent a lot less time on those.
I decided to focus on giving my character some expression, I thought it was best to use a character that has the most finished design facially, which was the centaur. I enjoyed this task I set myself and found it easier to do in photoshop as it’s easier to adjust and control the media.
I came across Samantha Dodge’s work on instagram and believe its another great way of looking for inspiration. I was taken by her work in particular because of the use of expression and character in her designs. All he characters she draws have so much emotion in their face that you can read them so clearly. This artists also tends to draw mostly women, which is helpful as my lead protagonist is female. I also love the line work and the simple colour schemes she uses in her work, and in a lot of her sketches she only uses grey tones. I think for such quick lose sketches she captures a lot of her characters qualities, this is a standard I am aiming for, I doubt I will get there very fast and not with this project but its something to work towards,
I have been working a lot more digitally, before this project I had never done it before so require a lot of practice to even get the simple things understood. I am happy with the level I am at considering, however when I do my artist research I realise how far behind I am. I am also struggling with expression and movement in my character designs. They seem flat and showing no character. I am getting more confident with colour and creating form with this technique however I understand there is still along way to go.
I am particularly happy with the top two images, I designed this image based on a character I had seen in an episode of Vikings. The first image was based on him (Ragnar Lothbrook) and then I evolved the image to represent my character. I think it’s my most detailed digital piece so far and most successful.
Reading up on Narrative Theory and Vladimir Propp’s idea that every Character has a given role. e.g. the hero, the princess, the bad guy, I decided that my evil character would have a predictable look to him and I would focus less on his character and more on his design. These are a few of the first sketches for the King. The top two here were created digitally, I took me a while to even know how to work photoshop, however with more practice I think I will pick it up. I am currently happy with the progress I am making even though I have a lot of improvement to make.
These are some of the first ideas I had for the second character, A young centaur. I have found it easier to maintain a similar facial design with this character, perhaps because he has a strong jaw line and key features such as his ears, freckles and sunken eyes.
So far I have enjoyed drawing this character more than the last, I feel I can experiment with him more colour wise and explore detail in things such as his armour and weapons. However I still haven’t mastered character design to a standard I am happy with. I will start working digitally soon to expand my use of media, but also as I believe its key in character design practice.