Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Orangutans and Character Design
Armed with this knowledge, I decided to attack the problem again. The lower left guy (image below) is where I started after doing some research on orangutans. When I started to think about character types that fit with orangutans, my first thought was stereotypical surfers/hippies. Then it hit me: Orangutans are the rednecks of the primate world. So I did some more brainstorming and came up with a more specific personality/role that I liked for this orangutan. My top drawings are starting to go somewhere. If I was doing this character design for work I'd probably do about 20 more iterations to improve the idea and replace (where possible) stereotypical elements with more surprising ideas that filled the same purpose. I already think the new guy (upper left) is a big improvement on the original, though.