Happy Friday and welcome to Results Day! Today I'm touching a little more on process and decision making. What did I do, why and more nitty gritty details about how character can lead to story. Below you will find Porcupine, Snail Graduate, Giant Floor Sucking Creature and many more. Enjoy!
After these were sketched out, it was color study time. Which character did I want to get to know better? I was torn between the GIANT FLOOR SUCKING CREATURE and the HOPPING BALL COMES TO LIFE character. The GIANT FLOOR SUCKING CREATURE was just plain amusing to me. What...was it even? In the end though, background - broke the tie. I wasn't sure where I would put my floor creature....did it especially like to munch on carpet? Or did it have a tinge of termite in him and preferred wood? Would it appear on the school playground one day? I just wasn't sure at 10pm-ish the Eve of my post so, I went the conservative route and colored the HOPPING BALL COMES TO LIFE. An outdoor scene felt like a good way to go.
I did change things a bit from the original sketch to make the character work better. My handle was getting a little elongated and the boy did not look far enough down on the hopping ball. I moved him, then drew through my shapes to get his arms, legs and torso in position. His feet are exaggerated a little more, but I was referencing myself to get the overall crossing correct.
His curly hair didn't show enough movement, so I gave him flat black hair to get that lift effect going and make it look like the ball was really taking off on him.
I also played around with the background color to suggest more story. I started off showing a bright and sunny day but adjusted color channels in Painter which led me to a darker scene. Contrasting a gloomy day with a high energy toy that just came to life seemed to suggest a more interesting story...did the boy go out to play against his mother's wishes? Did the toy beckon him through a window lonely outside in the rain, not being played with? Was the boy just about to put his toy away when he felt raindrops and then, BOOM! the toy came to life? Not sure. But I liked the gloomier clouds.
Once I brought the image into Photoshop, I tweaked the color more to get a subtle shimmer...
Wah-LA! A quick color study that could be a rough middle scene to a story. Thanks for checking in and come back to get a fresh batch of BLOBS on Monday!