1. Start with a rough sketch in photoshop. Usually I have previously sketched out my ideas on napkins, sketchbooks or during a meeting in a notebook.
2. Rough out colors. I may try out several iterations before choosing a final color palette.
3. Block out base colors. Each shape has a local color. I also jumped ahead and added in eyes and a mouth and buttons.
4. Refined the skin by adding in blushtones. Also finished the toy rocket by adding in highlights, shadows and details. Roughly added in hair tones.
5. Refined the hair by adding in highlighted streaks and gave him a few sprouts.
6. Focused on the clothes. Adding in highlights and shadows according to folds, wrinkles and light direction.
7. Added in lines in jeans and shirt.
8. A few last minute subtle changes and there you go...a character!
Idea behind Character:
I've been studying the Atomic Age and learning a bit about Ray Bradbury. I wondered what he was like as a kid...even though he didn't grow up in the 1950s.
Inspiration comes from everywhere so live with your eyes wide open.
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I've been working with a group of uber-talented students at UC Berkeley on a student short titled HorsePower. I've created a production blog for my second semester, so if you're curious about it you can check it out :here:
Outside of UC Berkeley, I'm taking a storyboarding class at Animation Collaborative with the very talented Louis Gonzales. If you are interested in storyboarding, take it. I've only been in the class 4ish weeks and have learned soooooooo much. I have a passion for story crafting and it's also helped me think about clarity in my work. I've been trying to decide whether or not to make a blog and upload my storyboards or not. Might put it off for awhile since I want to revisit some boards.
Well, that's long enough! Lol.