Character Design


Better images will be taken tomorrow, when the sun is back out. Apologies for the dark images for now! This is my little character. She is a happy go lucky kind of squirrel, who is dainty and soft, but you know she might beat you up if you try to litter on her patch. Little details like the necklace and the coat indicate that she might be a collector or scavenger, and her rounded face gives her an approachable, goody kind of look. I gave her very prominent eyebrows so that exaggerating emotion would be easier.  DSC_3498The character turnaround-The side view could do with some work, but otherwise I am happy! Unfortunately I do prefer her design in the early sketches, but hey ho.

DSC_3495.JPGIn the sketch above, I am trying to show a bit of overlapping motion. As her hips move to the right, her coat and ears swoosh to the left. I am also using this drawing as a way to capture exaggeration in the face. I chose to use overlapping motion as I think it is one of the most dynamic of the 12 principles. I’m actually really happy with how this sketch turned out!

DSC_3496I tried to be a lot more free with my drawings for this exercise, instead of keeping them really refined. So if you think the drawing above looks extremely rough and ready…it was meant to be. Here I am attempting to show the use of arcs in motion. I used the nose as the point that follows the arc, with everything else following after it, and I actually think it works really well! I chose to show this principle as I find myself using it most when animating in maya, and thought it would be interesting to try in 2D!

DSC_3499Here I am attempting to show ‘Anticipation’. The idea was that she is preparing to creep along…but need up looking more like she had been pushed backwards..OOPS. But I suppose you could use that as showing ‘Follow Through’. I think the facial expression was probably what caused that problem!


Life Drawing-Reflection

(Photos of my work will follow, they were removed from the classroom the other day and I have yet to find them.)

Life drawing this semester has been up and down for me. Due to a lot of life commitments outside uni, and the pressure of keeping the animation project going, I was finding it harder and harder to find the time to practice and grow. However, one thing I really enjoyed with this semester was being given more freedom to use my imagination, especially in class. I particularly enjoyed the exercise where we had to transform Robert and a cardboard box into a new character. To me, this has always been an easier way of drawing. I actually found that class extremely helpful for the last assignment as well, as it meant I was able to take human poses and apply them to my character.

I can slowly see my use of form growing over time, and definitely think that I have begun to really understand exaggeration and gesture drawing (maybe a little too much at times). Using exaggeration makes drawing so much more fun to me, and also gives your drawings a real sense of movement and life, as if they are about to spring from the page. Another thing I found to be very interesting were the homeworks on drawing the hands and feet. I used Burne Hogarth as my reference when drawing the legs, and ever since have seen an improvement even in my quick 2 minute sketches of the calfs and feet.

DSC_3484DSC_3485DSC_3486DSC_3489Personally I can see my drawings becoming a lot more confident the more I go to life drawing. I used to use very timid strokes, whereas now I feel more free to experiment.

My character design is of a little squirrel. I chose this just because I thought the bright eyes and bushy tail would be appealing to an audience. I decided to go for an oval kind of shape for the head, to make her look very innocent and shy; with big ears and eyes to make her look a goofy and loveable. The ears also function very well to show exaggeration of poses, as well as the tail. Having softer elements to the character allow for different weights which can travel at different speeds with motion, creating a more interesting look than one solid block. It is for this reason that I also chose to give my character a coat.

The character is roughly three heads tall, and is rounded and weighty towards the hips. I chose this because I always find it easier to draw models that carry their weight lower to the ground. I also thought that the skinny legs and big feet would be a great way to exaggerate motion.



Semester Two-Some Doodles

I thought I would get some practice drawing faces quickly from reference, and I was pretty happy with the results. I particularly like the second drawing for its more confident lines and shadow. If I have time I might add some more colour and shadow, but for now the line art will do! Each took about 20 minutes.fullsizeoutput_fa9fullsizeoutput_faaI have been experimenting with a style used by Lucinda Rogers, using a combination of thick and thin lines to portray weight an depth. I hope once I’m more confident with it, it will help me in life drawing to capture form more easily. I think it worked really well in the nose of the afro girl, and gives it a nice depth against the face. Unfortunately, my own style is quite tentative, and I would like it to look more instinctive like Lucinda Rogers’ work. I think I just need to be less afraid to fail, and more open to trying new materials. Shall I crack out the markers? (2017). Lucinda Rogers – New York – 14th Street subway booth. [online] Available at: [Accessed 15 Feb. 2017].

Life Drawing- Week 9

The last week of life drawing before Christmas was soon upon us, and I had a great time! I really enjoyed over exaggerating the poses this week, and found the 25min seated pose at the end to be really enjoyable also.

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It still frustrates me that my drawings aren’t particularly ‘nice’ to look at. However I do think progress is being made on the theory side of things.

Life Drawing-Week8

9.12.16- Practice makes..better!

This week I started with a little bit of practice before life drawing began. Over the weekend I took a whole day to study and practice drawing poses. Having gone through the reading material given to us by Mike already, I took to watching some helpful youtube tutorials, as well as simply studying some lovely life drawings on pinterest. I found that I was most attracted to the drawings with few lines, and with over exaggerated pinching and stretching on the waist.

Being from an illustrative background, I often find it hard to draw things as I really see them, as I can’t help but want to stylise and create a piece of art. I have to figure out how to incorporate my love for art and illustration into what is a very practical exercise for learning.

I have learnt one thing at least. It is very fun to draw people with heavy bottom halves.

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I think this practice helped me to feel a lot more confident this week, and I think you can see an improvement. Shown in chronological order.

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Hats on heads….oh dear.

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I felt pretty happy with my drawings this week. They are all a little unfinished. But I think they all have good building blocks to nice drawings!

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Although she looks like she has a blades for legs, I am really pleased with this drawing in particular. I think it shows good progress from the first week, and has a nice flow.


Meanwhile…my hats on heads where diabolical…work needed! Will post some updated versions once I have practiced some more!


(written week 7)

Recently I feel like I am lagging behind with life drawing. Either that or compared to others in the class, I am maybe not progressing as much. The thought of this makes me nervous to go to life drawing and to see what everyone else can do, which I think has had an effect on my work over the last few weeks. Despite this, I am pushing really hard to get better, and hopefully it will just click at some point!

Drawing dirk in week four was tricky, but a really enjoyable exercise. I love getting into the mind of a character and imagining what they might be doing in each specific pose. Looking back I could have used this skill better by maybe adding facial expressions and by not being scared of cartoonising each pose.

Thinking back to the first week, I think I was far less worried about the final outcome, which actually led to my drawings feeling more finalised and artistic, as opposed to a collection of sausages and spheres connected by a line of action. Looking at this video by proko, I was reminded of the way that I used to draw. In the next few weeks I might try reverting to this as an experiment. Here, you can see that he has an understanding of the basic structures, but doesn’t heavily draw them in. Instead he uses lovely lines to create flowing pieces of work.



My drawings from week 5-

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Winnie the Pooh-Catch Up

8.11.16-After missing this week of life drawing, I had been waiting for the free time to get this homework done. I really enjoyed drawing from the reference sheets, which have given me a really good insight into good character design. In particular, I love the sheet that shows the character of Pooh through poses and interactions, and hope to incorporate that into my future character design work.

As loveable as he is, Pooh is a pretty tricky bear to get just right. I found his nose to be the most frustrating part, as there is a fine line between too round and too angular. But by the end of drawing, I had managed to get it nearly right and the drawings had progressed dynamically as well as in likeness.

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From this homework I have decided to use greater exaggeration in my work, and to try to show more movement and emotion in my placement of lines. For example, I found that moving his eyebrows just a little higher than I would normally place them gave a lovely effect, and well as other things, like squishing his face and rounding his belly.

Life Drawing-Week 4

11.11.16- This week we had a mixture of 30second, 15second, and 5minute drawings, which was a great exercise to warm up. I hope there is an improvement in the way that I draw, but sometimes it can be hard to see.


^Five minutes focusing on the face, neck and shoulders.


About 3 minutes^


15seconds^ Not so good at these. Need a lot of improvement.

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^30seconds-I found that I really love seated and floor poses, and find them far easier than standing.


Life Drawing-Week Three-The CHAIR.

This week was all about perspective drawing, which is tricky to say the least. By the time I had drawn the chair, the pose had often changed and it was time to start over again. It’s funny how you forget how to do things when you’re under pressure sometimes…I mean…what even is a cube?

Mike as always had lots of helpful tips. At the beginning I felt like I was doing really well, but soon realised that I had been drawing the model and forgetting the chair, which was the whole point. Once the chair was introduced, things went a little askew. Mike explained that drawing the chair first is essential, and gives you guidelines as to where to place body parts in space. That’s if you get the chair right. Which 99% of the time…I didn’t. Oops. Practice needed.

But I tried! I was particularly pleased with my final drawing of the model sitting on the chair. We had ten minutes or so for this drawing, which was a big help, although I was finished in around 5. We also drew the chair before our time started which was very helpful. The only mistake that I made was continuing to draw when I was really finished. I finished early and added more as I saw that everyone else was still drawing- which in my opinion, kind of took away from the drawing. Some smudges made me loose nice contours in the knees and such. But hey.

Here are a few of my more successful attempts for this week.

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The homework for this week was to draw 6 spheres with different light sources. I actually really enjoyed this homework, although it did take me quite a long time to do. I really like the dark blue watercolour example, as well as the first few smaller spheres. They get more difficult the bigger you make them! I used some videos from youtube to improve my drawings and think I made a massive improvement because of them. You can find these videos in the research section of the Life Drawing tab.

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