First off, a quick apology for the lack of content updates this last week or so. I've just not had enough hours in the day in to get anything done. I'll be rectifying that this coming week. As a talking point, I want to get back to the character sketches that are still at the heart of our animation. I think this is perhaps a creative challenge that needs some thought and so the results so far haven't been spectacular. These quick sketch pages show a few starting points, potential roads to explore or perhaps just highlighting things we definitely do not want to see. Some are formed purely from musical notation (i.e. number 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13) whilst others (such as 1, 11 and 15) are more characterful with musical notations as decorative elements.
I think the mid century references from UPA and the like are a great reminder of what we can do. A reminder of just how relaxed these characters could be, with simple blocked backgrounds and a pen outline. But as of yet, nothing is quite hitting the nail on the head. The balance between abstract and overt is perhaps the aspect I'm struggling with most.
Ok, so enough of me whining about why I can't get this thing right. I'm off to look at some references and gee up some inspiration.
I'll be developing the environment more this week so look out for that in the next few days.