Wednesday, 28 September 2016

WIP #2 "Ethereal Phoenix" Zeitgeist


Working on: Original anime character design of a zeitgeist (my original Fairyland species). To be put up for auction as an adoptable!

Inspired by: Mythical phoenix bird with Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale 'The Little Match Girl'.

Completed: Design stage and rough draft

Currently: Cleaning up

Thoughts: I'm happy with the direction of where the design's going. The story of 'The Little Match Girl' conjures sad, yet beautiful imagery. "Ethereal" is my theme for this new character design. So far, it is freeing and fun to draw inspiration from a fantasy creature.

WIP #1 "Ethereal Phoenix" Zeitgeist

Sunday, 18 September 2016

WIP #6 "White Rose Cardinal" Zeitgeist


Working on: Original anime character design of a zeitgeist (my original Fairyland species). To be put up for auction as an adoptable!

Inspired by: Red and white cardinal birds with Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'.

Completed: Line art

Currently: Applying grayscale flats

Thoughts: My ideas for this character's colour scheme are vague, but at least I know the roses have to be white and that I'll be going for a cool palette.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

WIP #5 "White Rose Cardinal" Zeitgeist


Working on: Original anime character design of a zeitgeist (my original Fairyland species). To be put up for auction as an adoptable!

Inspired by: Red and white cardinal birds with Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'.

Completed: Rough draft of main image

Currently: Cleaning up

Thoughts: The weather in the UK right now is really distracting... I love bright and sunny weather, but this surprise heatwave is making me lethargic. It's taken a lot of willpower for me to draw instead of lazily going to watching some anime...

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

WIP #4 "White Rose Cardinal" Zeitgeist


Working on: Original anime character design of a zeitgeist (my original Fairyland species). To be put up for auction as an adoptable!

Inspired by: Red and white cardinal birds with Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'.

Completed: Front, back and side views

Currently: Finalising line art before starting work on rough sketch for main image

Thoughts: Most time consuming were the top hat and, for some reason, the plaited hair. I took some care to make sure I was drawing the top hat in the right perspectives. It was designed with a pleated ribbon beneath the brim, so there was a period of time when I agonised over how to draw it in a certain angle. As for the plaited hair, I wasn't sure how to draw the back view convincingly for a while...

Those creative juices just haven't been flowing freely in the past week. I normally wouldn't struggle so much over a design like this.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

WIP #3 "White Rose Cardinal" Zeitgeist


Working on: Original anime character design of a zeitgeist (my original Fairyland species). To be put up for auction as an adoptable!

Inspired by: Red and white cardinal birds with Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'.

Completed: Front view of character for model sheet.

Currently: Drafting side view.

Thoughts: I had to go through several stages to clarify the design. Every time I move up a stage, I draw parts of the design I like with greater certainty. Any element that doesn't quite sit right is removed, and then I experiment with other options that may be a better fit.

White Rose Cardinal was supposed to be a tomboy version of Red Rose Cardinal, but I ended up going a completely different direction... ^^;

Sunday, 4 September 2016

WIP #2 "White Rose Cardinal" Zeitgeist


Working on: Original anime character design of a zeitgeist (my original Fairyland species). To be put up for auction as an adoptable!

Inspired by: Red and white cardinal birds with Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'.

Completed: Design stage and rough draft

Currently: Cleaning up

Thoughts: I'm at the point where I'm tired of scribbling down vague ideas and just want to get on with line art... Once I start clean up, everything becomes clearer. I find out what I like about the design so far and what doesn't work as well as I initially thought. Design, for me, is ongoing... ^^;

Friday, 2 September 2016

WIP #1 "White Rose Cardinal" Zeitgeist

Working on: Original anime character design of a zeitgeist (my original Fairyland species). To be put up for auction as an adoptable!

Inspired by: Red and white cardinal birds with Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'.

Currently: Sketching rough ideas

Thoughts: My Red Rose Cardinal Zeitgeist is now open for adoption! I'm now working on her sister: a white rose version who is going to have a more tomboy-ish design. I always wanted to design a character whose main accessory is a top hat, so have a good idea of where I'd like to take this upcoming adoptable.