This is a design of the little princess. I wanted her to be childish, naive and ingenuous. That’s why I picked such unformulated type of body with extremely thin legs, neck and arms. I made her hair red because I think it should fit her personality She is very emotional person and red haired people are commonly associated with vitality and emotionality.
Variation of design:
This is a preview of my first-ever animated movie )
It took me some time to figure out what kind of characters and story I would really like to tell. I wanted my characters to be cute – but at the same time, live and contradictory, full of emotions and desires.
So I made a story of a lonely fox which accidentally stumbles upon a newborn chick. Instead of eating a poor baby right away, she makes a smart decision to take him home and wait till he grows up a bit. The chick naturally thinks of fox as his family and behaves like a mischievous kid – while the fox is torn between sympathy and a desire to devour the fuzzy meatball. This scene is from the fox house.
Finally, I had some time to put them all together.
This work was more fun as for coloring, defшning the shapes of the branchy tree and placing the viewer into the atmospheric mood.
Those are sketches from Drawing for Animators class at CCA.
I struggled a lot at the very beginning with forces, weight and directions of lines. Things got better with a lot of input from my teacher Ed Gutierrez and also from couple of books, Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, Second Edition by Michael D. and Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures by Walt Stanchfield and Don Hahn. Those books are priceless.
As for my favorite sketch artist, I would choose Dave Pimentel. As Dave says: “Life is short – do a sketch!”