Original Character Concept Without Reference (Using One Shape)
Original Character Concept. Coming up with unique ideas for characters not always a straightforward process, in the past normally end up searching reference files, spending hours looking for the right idea to spark inspiration. Before you know it, the day’s over and you barely started. Bet that sounds familiar.
Until I placed a shape and more shapes before I knew it, creative inspiration kicked in naturally. I soon realised I wasted hours upon hours over the years searching for ideas. When the best idea was to lay a foundation brick, a shape then let the character build itself. The triangle shape reflects a villain character, so I went with that shape for all parts. As seen in the video below.
Silhouette is what I’m aiming for, as that will set the stage for the next development of the character.
I use a spread eagle approach for pose this gives me flexibility to animate later if I choose too. What I’m showing if you’re stuck for ideas just lay down shapes and let the creativity birth itself. It works every time. Once everything’s combined, you can then shape as desired. This took 20 minutes max to come up with.
It’s not finished, however, the basic shape now original to yourself, what every artist seeks to achieve. Copying great for practice of tools, original far better accomplishment.
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Within seconds of creating the possibilities are endless, something basic like this can make all the difference. Spikey The Shadow Being image above. Transparent Version will be made available free on Pixabay.
Another 2 shape practice takes on a character of its own. Creativity kicked in around 20 minutes later. Using a non silhouette technique. I’m not using a graphic tablet, just a mouse. If I would’ve used a reference, I might have found a better position for his nostrils. Then again, cartoon characters don’t look like everyday humans. The video coming soon.