(6th post tonight- holy moly)
This will actually be a very short post even though it feels like it should be a long one. A Turnaround is when you show what a character, object, etc looks like from different angles. The assignment here was to show a character from the front as well as the back. I could use a character I had already created in the past or completely start over.
Using an existing character sounded like the smartest way to go. Especially since I was so far behind in all my assignments. But I knew that my previous characters were pretty complex and I wanted to do something simple so I could catch up. I did some simple thumbnails and I ended up with:
A turtle. A bad turtle. I figured it had smooth skin with almost no weird hairs or bones or joints or items that needed to be rendered. Plus since I had to draw him from behind it would be way different from the front image because of the shell.
I played around with it during the line art but for some reason I just decided it would take too long. So I went back and looked at the silhouettes I did in the first term:
Most of these didn’t seem really all that complicated but I wanted really simple. I decided the second guy from the bottom. The rabbit.
Then I did something I had never done before. I sketched, lined, valued, coloured and textured an entire character in one sitting.
I’ll admit that the character is simple but man that felt good. For me I always sit down and think that concept art should take a long time. The professionals are fast and know what they are doing. I’m slow because I’m new.
This time I knew what I needed to do and I did it. The next day I sat down and I did it again.
My school, The Vancouver Animation School, works. It’s that simple.
Oh also I was pretty pleased with the colour of the character.