Assignment: Ideation
Assignment: Ideation
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Character Design Monster Lab

Ideation

Assignment: Ideation

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Assignment: Ideation

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Scott Flanders
Here's your chance to apply what you've learned so far! For the first assignment you get to brainstorm ideas.
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jacob_f
Each monster comes from it's own 9x12 sheet and I've already gone through a cutting phase to pick out the ones I think are still fun / worth pushing. I left some notes on how I think I want to push each one thinking about colors, effects, and possible behavior. I'd love some feedback on where I need to be pushing things more @Scott Flanders .
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Scott Flanders
These aren't bad Jacob. The point about animation IS definitely worth considering. However, at this stage in your development it is not the highest priority for me when I'm looking at your work. I think what you'd really benefit from at a very base level is a lot more simple gesture drawing. Many of your shapes and the posing of your characters feel somewhat uninformed by reality. To me, this just means that we need to spend some increasing your basic understanding of anatomy. Even a heavily stylized creature such as yours needs to feel anchored in some kind of anatomical or form structure. Whether it's more time looking at roots on a banyan tree, or more time understanding how the muscles of the arm come together, these kind of observations are going to have a big impact on the way you go about inventing forms as you are in your characters here. Overall, good job Jacob. I will likely be getting into this more directly during the next critique video which will be recorded this month.
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jacob_f
Sorry, one more thing. I got some feedback that most of the characters seem like they would be hard to animate / it's hard to tell how they would move. Is that something I should be conscious of at this stage of the game if I wanted to eventually evolve these characters for say, a game?
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jacob_f
Whoops, sorry. Looks like the export was too small for that first one to read the notes. This one should be legible.
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Mark Bustin
Hey Scott, thanks heaps for providing the course, your teaching and explaining is really clear and precise. I really enjoyed using writing as a tool for idea generation, and doing it all on the one sheet of paper taking up my field of view, I could live in that world on the sheet like you said, it was great, I loved it. Thank you.
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Scott Flanders
Thanks a lot Mark. I really appreciate it man. Thanks for sharing that.
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Mitchell Bell
Alrighty Scott. SUPER excited to be here. Just jotted this down in five seconds, whilst watching your live stream via Youtube. Don't mind my son's beautiful dragon. But this is my first rendition of our beloved Harvester. I bought your premium too and will be uploading my sheets full soon. This is just the first of many. A preview. Can't wait!
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Mitchell Bell
There's just no stopping the chaos. Every time I start a page. I start another... Be gentle. Too many cool ideas. This one was digital.
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Mitchell Bell
Alright. This is becoming a giant collection of different sheets... apologies. But, between my son drawing with me and my busy schedule, it is how it is coming. So here is two more. The second one with the tons of writing is going to be finished tonight at some point. Just wanted to give an update. Thoughts all?
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Mitchell Bell
Damn it, I was trying to procrastinate and play video games. This is drawing me in... Here's a quick update. And then tomorrow I will do some real sheets. Funner than you would think.
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Blaise Chambers
Alrighty! Went back in and filled up that empty space. I think I’m over 80 drawings now! Such a fun creative exercise.
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Scott Flanders
Hell yeah bro. 80 ftw. That's the way to do it man. Puttin' in the work. But make sure you let those wrists have some rest every hour or so ya know? Seriously. It's this kind of drawing that helped me get a lot better, but it will take a toll on your wrists if you're don't pay attention to them when they get irritated. Nice work super hero name man.
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Adrian Tomalla
I Did a few more iterations and this are my last and also best ones. Any suggestions for further iterations?
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Scott Flanders
Nice Adrian. I'd like you to focus more on your exterior shapes in your next round. Fill these in and convert them into what would essentially be silhouettes. Then take a step back and evaluate them again. Let me know what you observe :)
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DamienDed
Hello, I tried to do some more designs based on undead farmers controlled by plants. Thank you and have a nice day.
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N. Yeagy
You did a fantastic job. I like how you organized your concepts.
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Callum Brown
Hello guys, this is my ideation for the Harvestman, or the Pumkinhead. Had a lot of fun coming up with these, looking forward to the rest of the course!
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Callum Brown
Hi, been busy finishing up my final college work, but now that’s done I’m back on the pumpkingrind! Let me know what you think of these new ideas. 😁
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galacticnine
I think it's cool how you came up with the harvestman opening up its head, my favorite is definitely the guy with all the tools hanging off of him! Makes him look kinda like he has wings, or he's hanging.
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Scott Flanders
Very nice Callum. Can you please do 3-4 more sheets for me? Push yourself 💪
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N. Yeagy
Thank you Scott for putting this class together. It has been fun giving my imagination a workout. Here are the ideas that I came up with so far.
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sean_wolfe
OK, I think this fits the bill. Will do more as the ideas come.
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zorbius15
Page 4. Loved this one. Went all over. Ideas for a scarecrow out in all seasons so he’s all blistered and gangrene from the elements. Another with posts impaled in him for walking and some other monster hybrids. Tried drawing smaller.
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Hi. I did the process again but this time I tried to make the drawings 2-3 inches as instructed. I came up with some new ideas but also added to the old ideas in a way. I listed some of my thoughts going into these sheets, but I generally forget to write everything down before drawing, mainly because I keep mental notes of what I'm looking to draw and once I have those ideas I tend to tunnel vision it until it's on paper.
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Samuel Lemons
Started drawing big again. I will pay attention to future designs.
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Scott Flanders
Nice Samuel. I'll be shooting the first feedback video for the course in about a week. I'll try to make a point to cover one of your pages.
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Samuel Lemons
Here are four more new designs.
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eddie saldana
I did some more creatures exploration
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Scott Flanders
Hi Eddie. I just posted some feedback for another student which is also directly relevant for you so I'm going to past part of that here ok? Can you please try doing the assignment with pencil and paper for the time being? Keep the drawings small. No larger than 1-3 inches tall. Also, notice how much more writing I did in the livestream before I began? I'd like you to spend a solid hour listing out 'established precedents' and 'areas of opportunity' before you begin drawing. Most of my sheets (the better ones) take about 4-5 hours to fill up with what I deem to be 'good stuff'. I'd like you to follow this process as it's laid out in the course just so you can experience it's merits. However after the course I encourage you to adapt it to suit your needs/sensibilities. Try again. 3-4 complete sheets of drawings. You can do it. Have fun :)
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Julien
Hi, here's my ideation process. I was pleasantly surprised to see how far I got just by writing down things, I would never have thought all this without this process. It took me at least 3h! As for the theme, I'm european so I'm not really familiar with halloween and all the monsters & culture behind it: watching the video I was unaware of nearly all references... I just went with what came to mind (it started with mechanical farming machines and transformed into bananas...). It end up on the "funny" side a little bit I think, hope that's ok!!
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Scott Flanders
There are great Julien. A very nice start. And funny is almost always useful. It means you're engaging with your empathy, and that means your characters are more likely to fee like something. They're going to be more likely to express some set of emotions and be more accessible to viewers/players.
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Samuel Lemons
Here are four new designs.
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Scott Flanders
Excellent Samuel :)
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zorbius15
Did my 3rd page. I can see now why smaller is better. Easier to have one sheet of small things then a few pages all over. I really love doing this and this is making me way more creative than just my usual kinda pencil things and figure it out as I go along.
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Scott Flanders
Yeah this is working well for you. Ver nice Zorby :D Keep going. Seriously. It looks to me like you're building some momentum, so try to use it.
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Derek P
Excited about this course. I am still just starting out with art, less than a year. Trying to crawl out of a slump and I got really excited about this course and I plan on riding the wave as long as I can :)
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Scott Flanders
Hi Derek. Glad to hear you're feeling more motivated. Slumps are the dumps :) Hey, so I just posted some feedback for another student which is also directly relevant for you so I'm going to past part of that here ok? Can you please try doing the assignment with pencil and paper for the time being? Keep the drawings small. No larger than 1-3 inches tall. Also, notice how much more writing I did in the livestream before I began? I'd like you to spend a solid hour listing out 'established precedents' and 'areas of opportunity' before you begin drawing. Most of my sheets (the better ones) take about 4-5 hours to fill up with what I deem to be 'good stuff'. Alright. Nice work Derek. Have fun man :)
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zorbius15
Second sheet. Not too happy with it but kept going. Working on a third now. Are they supposed to be sheets of the same monster progression? Or different monsters per sheet?
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Scott Flanders
Looking good. But please attempt to draw smaller on next round. Let's try a combination of both on next sheet. New monsters, as well as further iterations/clarification on these designs/shapes. Nice work. Have fun :)
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Georgia
Honestly, struggling with my creativity here! I'm getting some ideas written down, but then having trouble actually making them into interesting things. Maybe just finding it hard to really get into the flow of the exercises, or feeling that the ideas I've had have just been done time and again? Not sure!
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Scott Flanders
It's understandable. Can you please try doing the assignment with pencil and paper for the time being? Keep the drawings small. No larger than 1-3 inches tall. Also, notice how much more writing I did in the livestream before I began? I'd like you to spend a solid hour listing out 'established precedents' and 'areas of opportunity' before you begin drawing. Most of my sheets (the better ones) take about 4-5 hours to fill up with what I deem to be 'good stuff'. Also, please refrain some saying "no" "that's been done" at this point. It's essentially having the same effect as 'negative self talk' and i suspect it's cutting you off from a creative relaxed state. You can do it.
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