This project was for ILLU 351 Contextual Character Design. I began by drawing 30 characters, 10 men, 10 women and 10 children. I then choose and refined the ones which I thought had the most potential.
Following feedback, I developed my 3 chosen characters into these black and white comps in which their detail was more clearly delineated.
At this stage, I added color, making sure to give the colors a cohesive palette that placed them all in the same world. Giving the character’s a sense of texture at this stage was also critical.
Turnarounds give information about a character’s form from all sides. They are also labor intensive.
In this stage, I develop thumbnails so that I can understand the composition and value structure of my image. I choose No. 23 to take to the final stage. Several other thumbnails have potential to be developed into illustrations as well.
A reference moodboard is developed to aid in ideation and to serve as reference for color palettes, mood, composition and style.
The final illustration is carefully rendered to bring the attention to the heroes and their story.