Character Design and Principles

For the final assignment for life drawing we have to present four principles with our character. Since my last post on the subject I managed to came up with a design that I think is good for appeal. (The final designs are in my sketchbooks, the first one pg75-76, and the second one pg1-17.)



The second principle I wanted to show is solid drawing.  I think my sketches prove that I have a clear understanding on the character’s anatomy.

I had to pay attention to balance, that’s why at the end i chose him to have bug like legs and arms. Two legs were necessary, but I didn’t want to add more, the four arms could be very expressive.


The first pose I draw was – of course – Hamlet, just because Shakespeare is awesome. From this on I just grabbed random quotes from my favourite books for a few more sketches before moving on to the other principles.


At the end next to appeal and solid drawing I chose arcs, follow through and overlapping action, and squash and stretch.  (second sketchbook, pg11-15) (I already talked about the principles in my previous post.)

As for the articles we talked about at week 12… Only the second one, the one about gender representation influenced me somewhat while thinking about the character. First I didn’t even want to give a gender to it, it doesn’t really matter if it’s male or female, but considering the fact that it’s based on a moth I changed my mind. Altho I wouldn’t change the shape, just the color to keep it simple and real in this matter. I haven’t done a coloured version yet, but I imagine the male would be brownish, and the female would be a grayish colour just like in nature.

I really feel like this year’s life drawing helped me a lot. I pay more attention to perspective, anatomy and proportions than before, and altho I still struggle to get everything right I came a long way.


The Emperor Moth

For the character design for life drawing I decided to give in to my passion towards butterflies and moths. I already have a few sketches, but finally I have time to do a deeper research on the subject.

My first type of character was a humanized version of a moth, I wanted it to be majestic, that’s why I chose the emperor moth, the name just seemed to suit my idea, and the moth itself is beautiful as well.


I kinda stuck with this idea when I moved on to the next design to do the smaller version of the moth.


This was my first sketch on rotation. The moth itself is brown or gray originally, but I’m thinking of changing the colour to make it more interesting. Also on this version Mike pointed out that it might be better if I added bug-like legs, and I have to pay more attention on balance as well.