Thursday, March 28, 2013

Invented Domicile: Mayor Shelbourne

One of our most recent assignments was inventing a room for a pre-existing character: I chose the Mayor from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

I wanted mine to look like it belonged from the original source material and it wasn't until halfway through that I realized that the character in particular was really tough to crack design-wise.  Overall, he's a conflicted antagonist within a dull, boring town that's still set in a fun, light-hearted comedic film, so there's a lot of those juxtapositions that made communicating the lighting and color scheme a struggle (also, colors had to be analogous).

The first image is the final and the second is just some of the process work.  At first, I intended to render and sculpt values out and play up the antagonistic side of the character with low key lighting.  However, it started looking way too menacing, alien, and scary for both establishing Swallow Falls (the town in the film) and for this petty of a character.  It wasn't until later in the game that finally had the idea to research the film's original artwork and saw that a lot of it was very flat, graphic, and took inspiration from Miroslav Sasek and The Muppets.  This also required a lot of work with the lasso tool, which I haven't worked with much until this point.

As always, things can definitely be improved, but I'm happy with what I was able to come up with and am ready to move on to the next project.

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