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Bubblegum character design
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Kyrie Escala
Hi everyone, I just wanted to share this personal project I've been working on, and here's my initial design for the main character she's kinda inspired by Japanese, cyberpunk theme. looking for feedback in terms of design to improve her personality more. thanks!
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Sam Guss
Liking the character concept! I get Anita Battleangel vibes and dig that motif and storyline.
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Kyrie Escala
Thanks! :)
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Răzvan C. Rădulescu (razcore-rad)
I think Luigi covered pretty much what I wanted to say, but for future reference, to get better feedback and better engagement I think you should give more context to your painting - character in this case. If you ask generic questions you'll get generic feedback. Like tell us more about the project, what is it about, does she have a personality? Is she an android or something? Cause like you mentioned your theme is cyberpunk. So we're left with a lot of questions ourselves which makes it difficult to give a helpful critique. Nice design by the way :)
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Kyrie Escala
thanks!, I'll keep that in mind next time :)
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Luigi Manese
Hi @kyrie escala, love this character breakdown! In terms of how you can improve her personality more, I'd say that you should use the first page as an opportunity to express her personality, even when trying to show off the bits of her design. Here is a post by one of my favorite artists, Even Amundsen https://www.instagram.com/p/CNKvgGBskgZ/ Notice that even when he's doing iterative design work for a client like Ubisoft, he has a base pose for the character that shows off his personality. Additionally, the facial expression of your character is critical, even in these turnarounds. For most of these images, she currently has a pretty flat/expressionless face. You have a lot of opportunities to push that expression. I've attached more images of another one of my favorite artists, Wesley Burt. He uses the concept phase to explore personality as well, and it comes through in his drawings with different poses and facial expressions for his different iterations. Even in his more serious characters, you can see that something as subtle as a different head tilt can add variety to a facial expression. One thing that I think helps is to find facial expressions of people in action. If I can, I prefer to stay off of Pinterest and instead either pick a character from a TV show/Movie and watch the subtleties of how they talk/move, or you can pick an interview of an actress to reference from. I think watching people in action gives you a better sense of their personality, rather than looking at their expressions when they pose for a camera. Hope this helps!
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Kyrie Escala
wow thanks!, this helps a lot, yeah now that i see it, I think most of my characters fall short when it comes to facial expressions, I really need to work on that. gotta admit though I'm guilty in spending too much time in pinterest looking for reference, maybe that's why my character lacks expression because most of the reference i found is pretty girls with blank expressions. I really like your idea on studying characters from movie/tv shows. thank you so much for your time! definitely gonna follow those artist you mentioned thanks for your help!
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