PoThe main idea
Our group decided to split the style, theme and expressions of the character between the three of us. Samuel decided to research the characters expressions and came up with with using the eyes and eye brows fro the US TV show ‘Boondocks’. The main characters have very interesting expressions.
Meanwhile, I wanted to incorporate Tim Burton’s style. This is mainly because the proportions in his characters are very extreme. I felt that we could really push the poses with his style.
And finally, Jack’s task was to research the overall theme for our characters. At first he chose medevil for the theme. But we felt that it wasn’t right and went for something more futuristic. So we decided to go for the sci-fi root.
Once we researched all we needed, we then decided to make a start by practice drawing ourselves.
The state of my face
So in order to prepare for our character designs, we decided to draw ourselves to get used to drawing us. We had to step out of comfort zone and start drawing areas of our face we’d like to ignore. I got someone to take a photo of me so I can start drawing me. I wanted it to be as detailed as possible.
In this drawing, I used the picture I used as reference to really push certain areas of my face. The areas include my nose, lips, ears and forehead. I then decided to make a caricature of myself. The main inspiration to make this was from the book ‘Cartoons and Caricatures’. Written by Bevis Hiller, the book mainly outlines the history of caricatures. This book also has scanned illustrations of the early caricature pioneers.
Still using the ‘Cartoons and Caricature’ book, I mainly got inspiration from the illustration in p.g 66. It shows an very exaggerated illustration of an ex politician.
Watching Batman Vs Superman, there was a trailer for the upcoming movie Justice Legue on the DVD and it shows a scene with cyborg.
Using the Terminator image at the top of the page as reference, I decided to add Jack’s sci-fi theme to my character. I mainly used the half robotic side of the mask.
I decided to really push the shape of my head, and adding the mask on it. I had to simplify i the mask a little, as I added a bit too much detail on the previous one. I also made my hair appear longer than how it originally is.
Using some Tim Burton character designs as reference, as well as the poses of ‘New Masters Academy’, I was able to make this pose of my character. You can see the thin arms and legs from Burton, but also the hair is a bit more shaggy, as his characters tend to had wild, shaggy hair. I also a robotic arm to my character as well. The one main problem is that the arms and legs are so thin that there won’t be enough clay on it. I was advise to make the character’s proportions a bit more like mine.
I then added the Boondocks facial expressions that Samuel suggested onto my caricature. I mainly exaggerated the cheeks and lips of my caricature. I used the eyebrows and eye shape of the characters of Boondocks.
Out of all of my designs, number 7 and 9 were my favoutes, but number 7 would be the best one.