Getting Closer
October 9, 2006

Well, finishing out the basics of the face has gone a long way to establishing his character for me, as has selecting if not "the" colour palette, this colour palette should at least be very close.

Of course, there's still the arms/hands and the legs/feet ... and the all-important tail ... to get to next.

Once I get this "flat" image done, the next step will be to decide how much depth I want to give this cartoon and thus, how much highlighting and shadows to create. I'll then create a walk-around model sheet. For those of you who aren't animation geeks, a walk-around and model sheets are usually the animators' bible for a particular show. They give the basics of what each side and the back will look like, often the walk itself, and of course, common poses and facial expressions. For a produced cartoon, this usually means that the extra-creative folks, the senior animators of the project, do the "key frames" of the cartoon ... and the "tweeners" go in and fill out the frames that are necessary to move the characters between key frame to key frame. So, a good bible for a cartoon is essential as you'll have a slew of people working on the animation and while each person has their own personal style, Bugs Bunny looks a particular way, and the tweeners can't just impose their style on top of the existing design.

It's amazing to me how much adding the basic eyes added to my concept of the design. I've got a really solid idea of what I want to do next, whereas before I was simply playing around.

Posted by Red Monkey at October 9, 2006 5:55 PM | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Keith L. Dick said:

Cute little guy... :)

October 10, 2006 3:15 PM
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