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Phil McAndrew
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Character Design!

Post by Phil McAndrew » Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:35 am

In one of my illustration classes, we are working on character design. I love character design! It's quite fun.

The professor gave us vague character descriptions and we had to design a creature based on how we imagined this vaguely described character.

Here are a couple of my later sketches, fairly close to what the final character ended up looking like (I haven't scanned any of my sloppy early sketches yet....)

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A couple of color studies, working from my sketches. I was trying to decide if I should color him digitally or with acrylics....

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At this point we were asked to make models of our creatures out of modeling clay. I built an armature skeleton out of copper wires.

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Now, using my model as reference, I'm working on some final color renderings of my character. I've been painting him digitally in photoshop.

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After spring break, we'll be using the characters to storyboard short scenes.

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Post by Ian Jay » Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:44 am

Oh, that's rad. That's one rad yeti-type thing. I'm especially intrigued about the clay sculpture part of the process; it's something I would personally have thought tedious and unnecessary, but now that I think about it, it probably come in handy for keeping your regular characters proportionally accurate.

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Post by Blom » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:15 pm

The way the last picture is made with digital colors on a model is very cool! Nice drawings also, they remind me of the friendly gigant form the Roald Dahl story.

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Post by Phil McAndrew » Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:47 pm

Blom wrote:The way the last picture is made with digital colors on a model is very cool! Nice drawings also, they remind me of the friendly gigant form the Roald Dahl story.

Blom.
Actually, it's just a painting of the model, not digital colors on the actual model! The model was just used as a reference.

Thanks for the kind words, guys!

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Post by jshamblin » Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:14 pm

I love character design too. Wonderful work!

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Post by Salvor » Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:07 am

Very creative and inspiring work. Love the model and design.

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Post by mr cow » Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:09 pm

that's fun! very cool.
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Post by Phil McAndrew » Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:54 pm

Thanks guys!

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Post by Mat Barton » Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:31 pm

wow. this looks really cool phil. good job. (sorry it took so long to reply to this)
I shaved my neckbeard for this?!!
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Post by metron » Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:22 pm

Really cool. Personaly it's much more interesting to me the use of
an actual model that you have sculpted that has been combined with digital touches than a 3D program developed image. It sort of blurs the lines between the real and fantasy.

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Post by Kazu » Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:31 pm

I saw these on your livejournal! These are great! :D
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