Monday, August 1, 2011

Character and Object Design for Animation: Animal studies, Heroes, and Villains

Hello all! It's been a while since I last posted; my apologies. Got pretty swamped with work and the large workload we had this past week. However, I did a lot, and while I'm not proud of all of it, I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of drawing in an animation style. Let's get into it, shall we?

After we did our Realistic vs. Cartoon character drawings, the next step was to do Realistic vs. Cartoon animals. Luckily, this one was much less work than the last one...only 12 drawings (6 animals, 1 realistic and 1 cartoon). I decided to do a turtle, a bear, a fox, a fly, a gecko, and an elephant. The final products are below.

Next, we started getting into the more complicated part: Creating characters that personified "Good" and "Evil," and giving them moods and trying to show body language. Unfortunately, this was a time where my brain had an idea that my hands couldn't duplicate. My villain and hero are as follows:

Villain name: Mnemesis, Dr. Hugo Victor
Powers: Low-level telepathy, teleportation

Hero name: Psyclone, Jordan Roberts
Powers: Psychic conjuring (can create shields, projectiles, etc. with mind), can create "Zero Fields" for up to 15 minutes (though the time is lessened when he uses his conjuring powers concurrently)

Next, we had to create characters of opposite gender as our main heroes, for contrast. Both luckily and unluckily, we didn't have to draw model sheets for these characters. Instead, we were asked to draw each character in 5 action poses, for a total of 10 drawings. The female hero ended up really bad, though I like her backstory, but the female villain turned out almost exactly how I wanted her to.

Name: Sandra
Female police officer

Name: Vanessa
Lab technician
I really enjoyed coming up with these characters. There's a lot of potential there, and I'd love to explore that in the future. 

Thanks for looking at this week's blog! Next week we start creating environments for our characters to inhabit. I can't wait!

Until next time.

1 comment:

  1. I specifically liked the Turtle, Bug, Elephant as well as Vanessa... girl superheros rock! So glad you are having success and having fun! :)

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~ Laura Hinspeter