Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Major Project: Olivier, the Patissier, Initial Alchemy Sketches

With research pretty much finished, (within this stage), I have began moving onto the next stages of the pipeline, on one hand, I have started to sketch designs for the character, on the other hand, developing the performance of Olivier, the Patissier.

As part of my pre-production design workflow, I like to approach in a particular way, before I get too stuck on one design, I begin by exploring various possibilities, for this matter I use software such as Alchemy, this software allows me to create fairly quick abstract shapes, which then I interpret my own way.

With this shapes I then take to Photoshop, and try to visualize characters. while normally you develop the character and then check the silhouette to see if the design works, This method allows me to work from the silhouette and de-construct what I can possibly fit inside.  This approach is very beneficial in many ways, firslty allows me to explore any designs without restrictions, it helps me see form and understand it within the shape, and quickly brainstorm possible designs for a certain character, ohh and it is very fun!!

With this said here is what I came up with. One the Left you can see the final sketch, based on the shape on the right. (although rendered this sketches took me maximum 30 mins to brainstorm.)

From the designs I came up with, some of them, for instance 1, 3 and 6 are closer to what I want to achieve with Olivier, though all of the designs have something I either like or will add onto the final design of Olivier.


tutorphil said...

I like 2 and 6 - though especially number 2 - I think it's his moustache - but I like the rounded features of number 6 - time to combine? :) Lovely page, though!

J.J.*Jolanta Jasiulionyte* said...

I like 6 too! :]

Ruben Martins said...

my favourite is 6 and it is likely what I want to achieve on my final design, as I want to keep my character with a more French stereotype,i do think n 2 the moustache is too overpowering.

Alan Postings said...

Yep - It's 6 for me too. His base shape (tear drop) reminds me of a 'dollop of icing / cream' which seems more appropriate than the rest.

Bob Sparks said...

def number 6 bro.....has a really cool facial shape that just has that stereotypical weight behind it saying he's a chef of sorts, who clearly eats he's own produce :P

Ruben Martins said...

i have finally was able to get this moderation off, on the blog. it was annoying, but i added because I was having too much spam. however now it is out.

Regarding the head definitely 6, just like Alan said, I like the tear drop/ pear shape. I have been creating a few more controlled designs will post them soon.