Character Design - Feedback Welcome
smceccarelli last edited by
I'm designing the main character for a book for 3-6 years old about the building of a pole barn. The MC is a little girl carpenter, spunky and smart and with a need to prove herself. She faces a lot of difficulties and first, but then ends up helping the whole building team with a clever idea.
I have only four days to get one sample illustration done and one or two sketches, so decisions must be fast!
Which character sketch resonates most with you?
Eli last edited by
@smceccarelli I'm torn between 3 and 5
Chip Valecek last edited by
@smceccarelli 4 or 6. I am a sucker for eyes, so i like the eyes on 4 but the shape and design of 6.
Kevin Longueil last edited by
@smceccarelli 3 and 6 get my vote - I think for me 6 might be my favorite - that look of determination and confidence in 2 is appealing but I think it could be successfully applied to the rest - they are all nice though :)
Jabbernewt last edited by
I think I'd say 2 or 5, and I think it's simply for the combination of gesture and potential for spunk on the faces. I can't really quantify the face comment, but the gesture suggests a smart, rooted way of going about work. By that I mean to say that she carries the board with only one arm and a shoulder in those two, and in 5 it appears that she's got a knowledge of how to balance whatever she's carrying by using her arm to leverage the object, which requires a sense of center of mass and smarts. Besides that, she's fairly nonchalant as she's carrying the object. All that said, I think 5 presents the best combination of expression and gesture, but if for some reason you need to use another design, 2 approximates all of the things I've brought up here.
There's my 20 cents :)
burvantill last edited by
I like 3. 👍
TessaW last edited by
I like the design for 3 and 5. 6 is also a fav, because I personally love ears that stick out, noodle arms, and dots eyes.
KathrynAdebayo last edited by
5 stands out to me :)
QuietYell last edited by
@smceccarelli I'd say that #3 seems to have the most spunkiness for me. I think it has something to do with her shorter hair (but it might also be the wider face and/or the posture & way of holding the wood). As a side, I do like how you handled the clothing (shirt stripes & cuff, gloves & tool belt) of #4. I'd kind of like to see that a little more on #3.
Great stuff! =)
Art of B last edited by
I'd go with #3 or #6.
For some reason shorter hair says 'intelligent and ambitious' to me. I'm also a fan of the simplistic dot eyes of #6 (and the apron/belt combo is pretty badass).
Is this for a competition or something(hence the deadline)?
chrisaakins last edited by
I like 1 and 5. They look the most spunky and I like the freckles. The hair cuts also look more in keeping with a no nonsense girl.
aaimiller last edited by
#3, #5, or #6 (leaning toward #5 because she has sorta ambiguous nationality, which is nice).
#2 and #4 look older.
#1 look lost in thought. More contemplative, and less spunky.
Davidingalls last edited by
I like 3 then 5 or 6.
JODY last edited by
I like 5
smceccarelli last edited by
Thank you all, very useful comments! Now I´ll sit down with all and look at all your reasons and take a decision...like in one hour :-)
@Art-of-B is not a competition, it´s a complicated story. There was an an open call for manuscript submissions at Charlesbridge Publishing on a specific topic, ending September 1st. I decided to write something just for exercise (the brief was intriguing) but I liked it enough to show it to my agent.
That sort of turned my week on the head, because she decided we should submit it (which is a rare thing with her!). Five versions and a complete re-write later (which changed basically everything in the story apart from the theme) and a deep-dive immersion in how you build a pole barn (which is very interesting!), she suggested that a) the main character should be a girl and b) we should submit art with it.
So, it´s a shot for publication wrapped up in a little more than a week. It´s sort of fun, actually.
In my limited experience of working professionally, it´s the third or fourth time a pitch opportunity comes with super-short deadline. ADs are very specific in what they want to see, sometimes, but they may give you a week to whip up something.
swordofodin last edited by
I love the design of 6, mainly because of how you simplified a lot of the features I think readers would identify better with the character because of it.
davidhohn last edited by
1 and 5 are my favs.
lenwen last edited by
I like 1 and 5 the most. They look fit to your personality description :)
TianLian last edited by
I like 3 and 4, but all of them are interesting designs. I'm excited to see the final result!
Laurel Aylesworth last edited by
@smceccarelli 3 and 5 capture all those things for me, for sure.