Monday, April 14, 2014

Learning my Character

I started my work in last week on character construction for my children’s book. I am finding the subtleties of making a new character to be more difficult than I expected. I knew it would be hard, but I can literally re-draw the same little boy about a thousand different ways. And each time I do, I find one or two things in each of them that I like and would use. But that means six different noses, and seven different ears. Some eyes, and some eyes by accident. I keep waiting for one of them to speak to me, but some of them already do, and they are just rough sketches. I started reaching out to see what sketches were liked more, but they all were received differently as well. Ultimately this is my child, but I’m starting to think it might be easier to just let one bake in an oven and love him unconditionally. Sigh…
There are a few things along the way that I have picked up.
I want him to be youthful but far from an adolescent.
He will be curious and somewhat awed. Naïve, but interested.
He will have that little but innocent goofiness.
He will be doughy and classic, on the traditional 2-D Side.
I’ve been hunting around on the Internet for more inspiration. I found some examples in classic Disney movies, illustrations by other artists, and even some manga- for that definitive sharpness.
Below are some more scribbles. It’s still fun, but feeling more recently like a labor of love. I have to keep drawing him more.
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