Breakdown of the characters look for the Olympic Project
For this project I spent a lot of time on character design
I looked at portraits, film depictions and comic versions-
Although I started with a more realistic design based on my reference images-
I realised it wasn’t going to be as interesting to look at or easy to distort the features of it if I kept it realistic.
I then stretch the face as much as I could by drawing a range of expressions-
And from that designed different faces and eventually choosing the one I like the most-
From looking at the facial structure and the previous body type I’d made I constructed a final body design for Queen Elizabeth-
The features and proportions aren’t realistic for real life but they’re scaled to the character
When designing the background characters I made Elizabeth slightly more deformed as she is the main feature, but the others have the thin necks and arms that she does-
It was fun to design three characters that had most of their faces covered but still needed to be distinct and unique.
I didn’t end up using the Duke character but it was still interesting to develop his design.
I made sure the faces and bodies were stretchy enough that I could distort the movement and expressions in a way that would be funny and also not be obvious that the limbs shouldn’t bend in that way. I also made sure that the face design wasn’t too cluttered so expressions would show in more zoomed out shots-
Stretchiness of the face
Facial design and boy movement
Expressions in a zoomed out shot. Also shows how i had to bend the limbs in inbetweens due to the floppy design of the arms
Here is the first fully animated version-
I’m missing two scenes- a better introduction and Elizabeth’s hands gripping the bar in between her smiling at the ladies in waiting and lifting the weight