mardi 23 février 2010

Character Design

Based on an idea for an animated children's programme, we were required to suggest four designs for the main characters, a prim mother and her precocious daughter, shipwrecked on a tropical island, and the man and his son who have already been living there for a while. I drew inspiration from various sources; there is quite a bit of Mucha, in the sharply defined outlines and faded tones. I was also inspired by the early illustrations of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, which were wonderfully intricate in their depiction of flora and fauna. Mainly, I was keen that shadow and substance should be translated through lines and etchings on flat colour, as in Japanese prints. I intended that the island should be in stark contrast with the two female characters, and chose vivid tones reminiscent of Rousseau to really give the feeling that these two are out of place. The costumes set the story in the 1930's, and I decided to give the father the appearance of a faded gentleman, rather than the bearded wildman that might first spring to mind.

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