Before I prattle on too much more, I'll mention again that the project I'm talking about here is my animated short. It is set in Ireland and involves a boy and a girl and a tremendous event, but that's all I'll say about it just now. I'm happy to say the script is nearly finished- the rough draft, that is! I need to run it by several people for review. I'd like to have my characters designed and a few sample scenes drawn before I hand it over to my critiquers.
Anyhow, my latest attempt at improving my 'people skills' was a figure drawing class that ended last May (I mentioned it once before, here in this blog post). Happily that did challenge me and teach me a few new things and tricks- though one of the important lessons I learned was that I needed to draw every day, and sadly, I've lost that habit! I can see my regression in the images below, but I am determined to push on. I know I can only devote so much time to each of the projects I'm balancing right now, but hopefully as I get better at my schedule, I can devote more time to each of them overall.
Recently, I've been working on designing one of my main characters, a 20-something girl named Colleen. She's rather quiet and reserved Irish gal who has bright green eyes & brunette hair. I want the style of my animated piece to have sketchier lines- sort of like a darkened pencil test. I've always loved to see clips of pencil tests of animated features- I think it would be grand to have a whole piece that evoked that same feeling! Anyhow, here's one of my first real test drawings of Colleen. I'll admit I cut off the legs because they just weren't coming out right!
I've been playing around with different hair styles. I am leaning toward #1, as it is kind of what I originally pictured, but the versions with curls are fun- what do you think? (Ah, photoshop- how you are a help!).
And just to prove that I really
Now back to masking horses! :)