My main reason for taking up the pencil again was to help with my 3D work. I love character animation and really would enjoy creating an animated short…I’ve never been happy with any characters I’ve designed though.
So, my plan started with picking up Creating Characters with Personality by Tom Bancroft. Overall, a very useful book that I’ll review in detail another time. One thing I like is that–as you work through the book–you build your own cast of characters for a fictional animation, so you learn by doing.
Shortly after, I was asked to create an illustration of some cartoon Elephant Santas for a charity fun run and, although this wasn’t used, this was my chance to put my new knowledge into practice for the first time!
After the obligatory Google search, I spent time creating rough sketches and simplifying the shapes until I had hit the cute look I was after.
I then took these scanned sketches into iDraw (doing my best to be Adobe free-I love the programmes but am not a fan of subscription only services) and proceeded to outline the artwork, trying to maintain a hand drawn look.
Heres the final illustration. To see more of my work, please have a look at my portfolio.
I’m still working on my cast of characters for the book and will post my designs in the future.