I used The Dragon Age concept art book to inspire these three pieces, which are the three final design sheets for each character. I am really happy with each of these pieces and I am also happy with how much my digital work has improved. I wanted each of these sheets to show the important elements of each character, along with the images I provided a short description of their character and their roles in the story.
Improvement will only come from more experience using digital processes, which from now on I will incorporate within my future projects.
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.
Continuing to sketch ideas for characters, but struggling to design the faces so that she looks how I want her to look, and look the same every time I draw her. I believe if I continue my research of other character designers it will help with this process, particularly artists such as Glen Keane who have create iconic characters and have been drawing characters for such a long time. I need to study elements of the face, how proportions work and angles of the head. I have attended Life drawing classes to help this however they have focused more on the body rather than the face.