More Character Work

Here is some more character work from my portfolio…

Thomas attitude poses:

Size comparison:

A helpful way of remembering the sizes is that the balloon is roughly the same length as the moon’s nose.


Thursday 21st January, 2010. character designs. Comments off.

Balloons, Moons and Scarves

I’ve been working on my production portfolio so here’s a quick update with some of the work I’ve done for it.

Balloon concepts (re-worked previous one and lit up one):

Moon wearing its scarf designs:

I can’t decide which one I like best, I’m stuck between the blue/purple stripey one and the green one (which I’ve been told looks like a baby… it kind of does…)

Friday 15th January, 2010. character designs, concepts. Comments off.

Finished Model and Coloured Turnaround

I didn’t destroy my model with paint as I’d thought I might… in fact it looks much much better! I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I might varnish it now.

I also coloured my turnaround of Thomas a couple of evenings ago, for my production portfolio.

Now I’m off to go play in the snow!!

Wednesday 6th January, 2010. character designs. Comments off.

Playing with Clay

Here is a photo of the model of Thomas before I possibly destroy it with paint. It’s a bit wobbly and lumpy but hopefully not too bad considering I’ve not used clay since primary school…

Tuesday 5th January, 2010. character designs. Comments off.

Colour Tests

Work on my film has been slow over the last couple of weeks due to working on my showreel. However, I have done some colour tests for Thomas. I decided to experiment with different colourschemes for him to see if I could come up with one I liked better than those I originally chose (number one). I stuck with green in the end though as it’s how I always imagined him. Number twelve is my favourite and the one I think I will use.

Wednesday 16th December, 2009. character designs. Comments off.


This is a concept piece of Thomas sewing the balloon that I have been working on the past couple of days. (A big thank you to Zahra for posing for me!)

I just realised I never posted the turnaround for Thomas, so here that is as well:

Friday 27th November, 2009. character designs, concepts. Comments off.

Story & Character Design Changes

I had a tutorial with Dan and Jeremy this morning and the following points were discussed:

  • Thomas needs to interact with the moon somehow, so that he is seen onscreen with it for longer – this is important as it is the climax of the film
  • He should perhaps give the moon a present – ideas included something living (e.g. a plant or a fish in a bowl) or a scarf that matches his own (to show that he cares – the moon could be feeling cold and this is why it’s sad)
  • The final scene where the sun rises and the moon disappears should be dropped – the moon going away gives a feeling of sadness when it should be a happy scene
  • He should either be seen waving goodbye while it is still nighttime, or have the moon smiling through the window at him tucked up in bed
  • Thomas’ character design should be adjusted so that his facial features match the moon’s – i.e. his nose should be made longer

Based on the feedback I received, here is the updated (and hopefully final) character design for Thomas:

Tuesday 3rd November, 2009. character designs, story. Comments off.

Thomas Costume Designs

These are some costume designs I have done for Thomas:

I have thought about giving him a costume change during the film, so that when he is inside he is just wearing pyjamas and then wears a jumper/boots/scarf in outside shots. The one on the far right is the one I have chosen to use.

Monday 2nd November, 2009. character designs. Comments off.

Character Designs: Moon

These are my designs for the moon. I liked the one on the right of the middle row best, so did some different expressions for it. I decided against doing a turnaround as it will only be seen from the one angle (just like the real moon).

Saturday 24th October, 2009. character designs. Comments off.

Initial Character Designs: Thomas

I have begun designing the little boy character, who I have decided to call Thomas. My designs started with quick pen doodles and sketches done in a notebook. I have a rough idea of what I want him to look like – small, with a round-ish face and wearing a flying helmet and scarf. (There are also some roughs of the balloon and moon.)

I then started to refine the design by sketching out a range of heads, and trying different hats instead of a helmet.

But as is always the way I like the first one best!!

Saturday 24th October, 2009. character designs. Comments off.