Character Silhouette: work progress

To develop my character silhouette further I decided to look at national costumes and come back to the idea of optical illusion. To make my character stronger in terms of it’s' trickiness I decided to look at animals that can be considerate as trickster and that could be found in Lithuania.


tutorphil said...

Hi Ernesta :)

I'm liking all these experiments on here - and I've kept meaning to say how much I liked the earlier sketches with the 'marker pen' like hair (the optical illusion studies, I think?) because I really liked the energy of those studies - the sort of anarchy of the mark-making. I see you've been looking at animal characteristics to somehow fold into your designs. I thought I'd pop by and give you a few additional references which might further inspire :)

So, in no particular order (and if you've seen them before, I apologise for repeating myself!):

The 13 Clocks animation - not because of the characters exactly, but rather the tone of this - it's a bit spiteful and a bit dark somehow, and it makes me think of your character:


You've probably watched this by now - but this is Suckablood:


You've probably seen this famous UK advert before:


You maybe familiar with the illustration style of Gerald Scarfe too, but again there's something about his work that might be useful - especially if you were to consider working in a medium like actual ink as you develop your character further, maybe seeking to derive some of his geometry from the qualities of working in a different medium entirely; personally, I think if you worked more loosely in ink, you'd capture some of his folkloric character nicely:


There's something about the rather spindly, scratchy aesthetic of Scarfe's drawings that reminds me of the energy of those two face studies of your character I liked - it has that spikey, spiteful quality.

I'll say it again - I'd like to see you working with black ink as a medium as you continue to evolve your character's form - I think it might give him something of his nature; just drawing with a different medium - doing gestural drawings and some expression sheets - and I think you'll get something fresh and exciting - by not being as in control of the medium, as you are with digital painting - let some expressiveness into the lines and into the mark-making.

Take a look too at the illustrations by Arthur Rackham if you don't know them already - I think you'll love them!


Another useful reference might be Brian Froud:


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