Category Archives: Character design

Bird character design

This week I’ve worked on the character design of the baby bird. I want him (her?) to be this sweet, joyful ball of life, but with a tinge of sadness in its expressions, and a feeling of helplessness in its movements (which also … Continue reading

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Partenope Character Design

First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for … Continue reading

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Nimblette the Gerenuk

This is Nimblette the gerenuk, based off of the slightly weird-looking antelope from the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region. She’s a light-hearted, sweet little creature, not immensely intelligent but very inquisitive. In the initial design of Nimblette, I relied … Continue reading

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Gerenuk Run Cycle

I’ve done some line tests for the run cycle of a gerenuk based on this awesome slow-mo gerenuk video, one in singles and the other in twos, to see which one was better. Turns out they are both a bit … Continue reading

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Gerenuks and Dali Elephants

To me, there is practically nothing creepier than Salvador Dali’s elephants. Those huge animals on strange, long brittle legs holding up temples and obelisks create this unexplainably nightmarish and frightening scene. But they are also very inspiring. Dali’s art is in general too creepy and uncomfortable for … Continue reading

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Character design of Tilly

Tilly is a circus janitor. She cleans the stage after the shows. It’s been her job for 4 years, since leaving the orphanage at the age of 16. It’s a lonely job, and she has very few friends. The circus … Continue reading

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Chavez the Ventriloquist

Over the coming weeks we will be designing a circus-type character (and I imagine there will eventually be some animating as well in the long run). After a couple minutes on google images and Wikipedia’s list of circus skills, I … Continue reading

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Week One: I Survived!

After the initial exhilaration at my acceptance letter from CSM, I’d been spending the summer completely terrified of starting my MA at an art school, in a class of (mostly) design, fine arts, and illustration graduates, when my own background in art was completely self-taught. But … Continue reading

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