Say Cheese!

Working to visually develop "Tina", a character for a potential series. Feisty and independent, the following images track some of the exploration I have been undertaking in reaching her final appearance.

Character Design
Character Design

Wardrobe Department

Since her story takes place in the early 1990s, it was necessary to research television series which had cast members of equivelant age for that time frame. Seeking out clothing pieces which could be remixed with one another to build new outfits.

Shadow Puppets

Made another pass in silhouettes to test different body types and how they communicate the character's relative age and mannerisms.

Character Design
Character Design

Reference Collection

As mentioned, it was necessary to look up a lot of information on clothing, but I wanted to cover my bases and put together a good collection of hairstyle imagry as well. I wanted to be as accurate as I could be with regard to how her hair would impact her shape language.

Value Studies

Greyscale illustrations to try and get a feel for where lights and darks should be applied to the character. Seeking clarity of design, especially since the character would need to remain readable at various scales.

Character Design
Character Design

Boo!

This value study and the one prior were reviewed by my peers in open class critique. We discussed which pose was preferred, and which pieces from the different outfits seemed to support the idea of Tina's character most robustly. Elements from different poses and outfits were short-listed and carried forward into the next step.

Spin me right round

I sketched out a turn sheet of Tina based on the updated outfit and hairstyle combination to have a better understandong of her in three dimensions.

Character Design
Character Design

In Living Color

Choices were made with regard to what the character's favorite color would be; orange, this became her dominant color. Accent colors for her glasses and shoes were based on what was likely most commonly available for a young girl; pink or purple, without color coordinating the shoes and glasses to her base outfit - since many children do not have extensive shoe and eyeglass collections.

Tried to keep her overall palate bright, bordering on neon, for a happy and energetic feeling.

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