Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Character Design: Silhoettes

Here are some silhouettes I had created for the first step to creating our character. Also here is another reference board, with clothing on there, images of actual wolves, and some images from Carter Goodrich. I really like his approach to the werewolf and furry creatures in general. So I'm trying to keep him in mind for this character.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Character Design: Sketchbook Assignment 2: Hands

Last week I caught "the bug" that was going around the office along with a couple late nights at work. But luckily, no class today, which means I have time to catch up!

Sketchbook assignment 2 was to do a master copy of an approved artist's drawings of hands. Then, do some life drawings of your own hand.

I choose to copy
page 141 from Andrew Loomis's "Drawing The Head & Hands":

Master Copies:

Life drawing of my own hand:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Character Design: Sketch Book Assignment 1: Master Copy

Sketchbook Assignment 1 is to do a master copy, and we were assigned Carter Goodrich. I thought I would study his werewolf design for Hotel Transylvania since I will be working on a werewolf of my own.

Here is my copy (taken with my cell phone) and then his original drawing (from his website: ). Looking at these, I need to adjust my values to match his better. And the back on mine isn't quiet there yet.


The 2nd part of this assignment is to do another drawing where we breakdown the character into simple shapes to understand the design of the character.

I probably went a little overboard but you can see how the character is made up of ovals and some thin rectangles. The character is very top heavy in his shoulder area leading into his head and has very skinny legs and arms; which are characteristics of an actual dog/wolf. 

As I mentioned yesterday I was little light on the values. I went back in and pumped them up. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Character Design Assignment - Part 1

I decided to try and follow along with the assignments for the Character Design class I am TAing (teacher assisting). The first assignment is to write a short synopsis for a story and a character description.



Briggs has the passion of the greatest musicians to have lived, despite his very below average musical talent. One night after a particularly lame performance, Briggs is stopped by a mysterious man who tells him to go to the crossroads that very night at midnight. There he will meet someone who can give him the musical talent he always dreamed of.

That night Briggs finds himself speaking to a very cynical devil who decides to let him keep his soul at the price of his human body. Now the first thing to know about Briggs is that he is not the best looking man in the first place so his chances with the ladies were not going to get any better: musical talent or not. He agreed to the deal. The little devil gave him his musical talent and simultaneously turned him into a permanent werewolf.


Briggs is a tall werewolf with a long nose, pointy ears, and a passion for music. He is always working on some kind of tune and can be very awkward to talk to, but his music does most of the talking anyway. When he is around women his self esteem falls through the floor, but is immediately brought up through the ceiling once he gets on stage.


I have to look up some references still but I have some ideas about jazz players/blues players, New Orleans/Louisiana,  the south, and a kind of sepia world.

Here is my first draft of some references. Outfits, various potential instruments, color palettes, such as the colors for midnight, during the day, and of course whenever New orleans has a party.


Look forward to 50 silhouette thumbnails for Briggs the musical werewolf, coming up next as PART 2!!!