Just finished a few pieces from the new film I am working on in class. I still have some other concepts I'm finishing up tonight/tomorrow but here's one character sheet and a speed painting of the street performing location the help capture the mood. The entire class will be posting to vitamagusfilm.blogspot.com so check it out.
The above character is a woman in her 60's that has been performing as a
magician for over 40 years. I wanted an older woman that wasn't what
you normally see in animated films; hunched, wrinkled, and eccentric.
She should have a sophistication and refinement about her gained through
performing her act for decades. A past that was filled with stardom and
beauty in which she continues to confidently project.
My key influence was the beautiful 63 year old Jessica Lange. Another is
a Canadian street performer by the name of Billy Kidd who along with
Janelle Monae inspired the androgynous outfit. This adds an interesting
character trait to her unseen history of struggling with not only trying
to introduce magic to the world but also to stand out and become
accepted. Billy Kidd stated in an interview "It's a boys' club,"... "I
have to work harder and do different things." which is one reason for
Kidd's androgynous persona.
Lastly the color pallet chosen is an example of how the world could look
towards the final few scenes of the film. Bright colors that play with a
high contrast complimentary pallet. This method is more about
experimenting with hue contrast than value contrast.
After finishing the last environment frame I decided to do a quick
concept of the little girl in the street to refine that sloppy painting. This idea of having a child
being able to also see the magic everyone else overlooks was brought up
in class and I though it was interesting and worth exploring. I wanted
her forms to reflect the magician she is impersonating so I tapered her
arms and legs to mimic the magician silhouette.