Character Conceptualizing

before heading into backstory for my character I chose to sketch out fast thumbnail designs on Photoshop using a pen pressure controlled transparency. I chose to do this to get a rough idea on the character I ended up creating and others that could push ideas within the future. As a time limit and to loosen myself up i gave myself a set time of 30 seconds for each thumbnail. In doing so I was allowing my hands to loosen and not to think too much on the brush strokes I was creating. Having already studied life drawing prior and having brief understanding on how human anatomy was I saved time in not looking at reference images.


A lot of the same designs started reflecting in each new thumbnail with ideas then bouncing from one another resulting in me knowing further the type of character I wanted to create. The next step was to devise a background for the character as well as details such as name, age and appearance.  Drafting this out a few times the final result was that she would be a Demon Tamer, 25 years old and that her name would be Kasdeia Ravada.  The full in depth back story is below.


It was then from the backstory that I began drawing out more detailed concepts first by hand then transferring the styles and elements digitally all the meanwhile using references to help me along the way.  Initially within my hand drawn concepts I depicted Kasdeia with the faun like ears from a young age rather than something she was given.  It was playing with this idea though that helped me within developing the back story.

18698151_692604027590173_3372229283356809232_n This was the hand drawn idea within my sketchbook initially the idea was to make her look mysterious even as a child however, i felt this didn’t reflect her persona or the troubles she was going through. I also started writing notes along my work a small example of this can be seen on this concept where I’ve commented on removing the ears.

Next to this I also began in drawing out the various poses from basic zsphere models I created within Zbrush. From these poses i could then develop further by adapting them digitally and making a skin to sculpt with.


Life Drawing Further Practice.

Working more on the traditional side of things I began sketching out more studies on human anatomy. For this I drew a range of sources mainly focusing on various poses of the female body.

As these where very quick studies not much detail was put into them. I slightly added in cross hatching to show where the shaded lines would be however, I felt I needed to focus on proportions more within the pieces. When focusing on the proportions I simplified the life drawing down into the out lines. This helped me focus more on the proportionality such as the amount of heads the body would be. 

Unfortunately due to the scanner quality the images where distorted or didn’t show through as clearly. Due to this I then had to take the images from my phone camera and alter them digitally to view at a high enough quality.

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I feel that in continuing to practice the life drawing it helped me understand human anatomy when drawing out the concept pieces although more practice could be taken forward when 3d modelling.

Character Creation.

During the third trimester studying Game Art and Animation two of our main modules consist of creating a game character or creature in 3d. In order to have a successful outcome within this unit human anatomy must be explored through a series of ways the main one of these being life drawing. Having already done life drawing in the past I already had a small knowledge on the proportions needed to draw a human correctly. even with these skills though I still struggled in drawing humans in various poses. Therefore took this further within both class exercises but within my own time too.

I will be posting regular updates and progression videos on my life drawings skills as well as character design, concept and modelling. All of this along with my sources of inspiration and how I came up with the character/s.

Life Drawing Practice 1:

What is research?

What is Research?

So just what exactly is research? in the broadest terms we do research whenever we gather information to inform a question or solve a problem. An investigation directed to the discovery of some; information, fact or facts by a careful case study of a subject.  Research tends to be a natural thing that we always do throughout life but may not realise. Within the education system we are nearly always given facts primarily within the school stages where as when we move more on to college or university a more independent style of learning is tackled. We are asked to look at a given topic and explore the possibilities of said topic compare and argue alongside depicting this within a piece of art as an example.

What we find ourselves doing is researching into these projects as well as within the education system research happens all the time within external lives such as reading, watching documentaries, looking up recipes or methods on how to go about activities. But why do we do research?

Well essentially knowledge is power, this isn’t just a phrase. From personal insight and examination knowledge is power is very true the more we know the less ignorant we become within our own ways of thinking new ideas form, we begin seeing change. This new gained knowledge from the research can then be used for development whether this be personal or within the community.

Key Terms for Research:


Research Methods:

There is a range of research methods that can be used to gain new knowledge;

Exploratory Research- Little or no prior knowledge of a phenomenon we go about looking for new information about a subject.

Descriptive Research- Describes a particular phenomenon, focusing on an issue that is happening,  looking into current events and finding out more information on the subject matter.

Explanatory Research- Research that is involved with explaining why something happens.

Predictive Research- This type of research is essentially forecasting future phenomena based on previous happenings and suggested by explanatory research. An example of this being how the banks can predict the stock market.

Pure and Applied Research- Takes place to explore and particular concept or issue as well as undertaken to solve a specific problem to a solution.

Theoretical Research-  Generally uses the findings from existing works to develop new ideas.

Empirical Research-  Supports the development of new ideas through the collection of data.

Qualitative Research-Based on peoples opinions.

Quantitative Research- Based on data we can measure.

When writing an essay the best method of approach for research would be to first locate and read a few academic articles from a field in which you feel comfortable with. Read the abstract articles first and when reading through books only scan them or look for chapters which you feel are going to be of interest for you. Identify with the question and objective think why did the researcher use the example that they did look into this if you feel it can be relevant, what methods did they use and what where their most important findings from this. Do not be too concerned with statistical analysis and finally be critical not objective; you need to observe your case study within the essay without being too bias and passionate about the concept. When you bring your own opinions in always contrast these with other idealistic or support your own with valid sources although all this must be quoted and referenced.

(developed notes from lecture at SAE Institute Liverpool)