We are currently designing some characters. Here is a few of our sketches of children we have been making recently. First we reference from real life and from photos, looking at movement, detail in the face and the clothing. We don’t always copy from just one photo, instead we reference from a few photos looking at how we would like the character to sit and stand and move around. We like our characters to look quite realistic so we carefully reference the face and the proportions of the body. We then simplify them down slightly in our own style and give them clothing which would help convey their personalities.
Designing animal characters is one of our favourite parts of illustrating, particularly coming up with witty and amusing animals that can be used in a variety of projects. One of our favourite characters that we like to draw is Mr Walrus. He wears a sailors cap and jersey and blue glasses. To get Mr Walrus personalty we firstly referenced from the animal and then we referenced from sailors and fishermen, looking closely at their clothing and facial expresions. One of our recent characters that we have designed is the white rabbit in round glasses and headphones. Referencing from modern clothing and giving our characters everyday objects like headphones, makes our characters really believable.