First of all I want to thank everyone for coming to the site and giving me your support. I'm really excited to finally get a centralized place for Orange Crows information, and I'm really happy that so far you all like what you see. As promised, it's time for an update. And this week the update involves some of my character design process.Just what goes through my head as I think of some of these crazy characters? Well I'll try my best to share a bit of that with you.
In the world of Orange Crows there are large cities called Districts. The majority of the witch society takes haven in these shielded cities to avoid the outside dangers that lurk in Wilderness. The Wilderness is what they call the war torn world outside of the Distrticts, where monsters and creatures such as the witch devouring Fairies reside. Witches who break the laws of the society are cast out into the Wilderness to survive on their own, and are branded with the title of "Forsaken."
I want to show that the world of Orange Crows is broad and expansive. There are Forsaken in every part of the world with a wide variety of attire, cultures, and beliefs based on where they originated from. One of the characters who I think portrays this idea is the Forsaken Mer-Witch named Lushianya. In the world of Orange Crows, Mer-witches are really rare and only a few witches and warlocks have seen them. Most of the other Districts believe Mer-witches to be a myth, and in that myth it is rumored that they possess both witch and dragon blood.
When starting with a design, I usually like to draw a few different types of faces until I see a face that I like. For this character I already knew what kind of face I wanted to have so I skipped that step. The next thing that I like to do is draw out a few different hairstyles to see which one i like the best. i don't always have a clear image of the character I'm drawing in my head so it really helps to draw out a few random variations to choose from.
There were a few ideas i had in mind when i was working on this character. I wanted to give her an eastern influence. I was thinking about making her tail flow more, like an Chinese dragon. However, I realized that I made the tail too long and thin. This made her look more like some kind of snake woman.
I also wanted to play around with the idea of giving her a kimono,but I felt like putting a regular kimono on would be too simple. Then I thought about a motorcycle jacket. I couldn't decide between the two of them, and that's when I came up with the idea of mixing the two of them together. So in one concept I tried putting a motorcycle jacket over the kimono. In the next one I tried making the motorcycle jacket work like a kimono. Or I guess you could say it's a leather kimono with zippers, if you want to look at it that way. I'm actually still working with the design, but these sketches should give you guys and gals
the basic idea.
The next issue i needed to tackle was the hat. Again, I didn't know exactly what I wanted so I played around with a few random ideas until I could figure it out. So far the golf hat design holds my interest the most. After realizing this, I decided to spice it up by adding a design to the hat and dangling dolls. These dolls will be related to her powers and abilities. But of course you won't find out about these until you read volume 2! :)
Next, I thought about giving her a helmet like an astronaut or deep see diver so she can breathe on land. However, I didn't want a simple bubble or 'fish bowl' look. So I played around with having the helmet made out of coral and filled with water. It's an interesting idea, but there may end up being too much going on in the face area and you won't be able to see her expressions.Because of this I'm still not sure if I'm going to go in that direction with her design.
Lastly, all witches in the world of Orange Crows have wings so I needed to decide what kind of wings she should have. Sometimes I work in pencil when I concept, but other times I do quick sketches using the wacom tablet. Here are a few of the wing concepts that I was thinking of.
Well thanks for dropping by this week. I hope you all enjoyed the first installment of Crow Sketch and I hope it was at least a little bit helpful seeing some of the thoughts that go behind designing a character. I know it was a bit unorganized this time. The future installments should be better as time goes on.
The hard-boiled,soft-shelled artist and writer known as James Perry II aka gustredcloude. When he's not lounging around with the Strawhats he is building blocks to escape his nightmares or busy strengthening social links in order to boost his Persona's levels!