Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Animation Character Design

I've been working on the Tower of Xenopus animation project and making quite a bit of progress.  I'll be posting throughout the week and perhaps next ending with an actual thirty second clip from the narrated intro.

I wanted to document my progress so today I'm going to discuss the beginnings of my character design.

My goal was first to create a good cartoon character that would be easy to animate and position in various angles.  I began work with the characters of Slick Vinny the wizard and Geedleesmote the dwarf.









  
My initial sketches I felt were pretty good if I were to do something like a comic book but I wanted to simplify the characters even more.  I really wanted to just capture the 'essence' of the character with as few lines and possible - a real challenge for me but I think I was finally getting somewhere.




  
Here I got to just the simplified characters of Geedle and Vinny.
Below is a test "cell".


I'll be adding a bit more details to the dwarf's armor.  After working with the animation software a bit I think I'll add a bit more detail to the characters but as of now, this is where I'm at with them.

Next: Xenopus Character Design

5 comments:

  1. Those are great! I look forward to hearing more about it.

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  2. Very nice! Your test "cell" reminds me of The Secret of Kells: beautiful but simple. I look forward to seeing more.

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    1. I should post about some of the inspiration for this with Kells being one of them.

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