FMP Character Design Research

Character design is a tricky task to tackle because although many of the classic characters familiar to us all through cartoons, movies, and advertising look simple, that simplicity usually takes many hours of work that have gone into their development. The main two character boy 1 and boy 2 are going to look similar in shape and size but with the main difference being the faces of the characters and colored clothes. I have bee using these books to help design each character and to make them look atomically correct as possible. By doing this it will help make the animation look better as referring to these books help the movement of the animations and how the should be standing etc these books are good reference point.

The characters are going to be designed towards male young teens and children around the age of 10 as this is the main age range for my animation so the style of the character would have to look similar to that age range and have to look somewhat cool. Character design is done to distinctive shapes and draws emotion from the three primary shapes circles, squares, and triangles. Squares commonly represent stubbornness, pride, strength, and simplicity whilst a circle represents a softness, friendliness, and trust. whilst the triangle is associated with danger, unpredictability, and wildness.

From Mickey Mouse’s famous three fingered hands were drawn this way to increase production time, this was first developed for animations in the 1920s, The elegant simplicity of Homer Simpson, character design has always been about keeping it simple. These characters are simple in nature but have such a big personality and individuality towards them this is something I need to keep in mind when creating my animation. Expression and movement are also key when creating my animation as this basically shows the audience who they are, what they are like and relate to them overall.




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