I leave on the grand endeavor of killing myself through primal rage and digital painting. It will be a test not only of skill but of martial prowess. This task will be known as WILDER and the masses will be pleased with this feast.
Here are some challenges that my Sith Lord, Chuck Luckas (king of kings) has us doing in his character design class. Nothing fancy just some good ol idea bashing.
The challenge was to age a famous person. So I turned the legendary Crash Bandicoot into an old pathetic fuck, guess the alcoholism got the best of him.
The challenge was to illustrate a man smiling and shooting a gun. I have literally been that guy on many occasion back in the army days, so it goes without saying, it was a scene from the heart. #nothearmydoesntletyouwritekillonyourhead.....................anymore
This challenge was to find a object in your house that resembled a something and to illustrate that something. That something was a light switch frog man, and before you judge me for not having face plates on my light switches like some kind of breaking bad meth fiend, I promise there was good reason. I was repainting the super sweet mustard colored plates to something less mustardy...................................Also when I was high on meth they would really freak me out.
When I start on my journey to create a character I tend to start with a general idea of what world my character would live in. In this case, it was a heavy metal themed universe.... if heavy metal was dropped kicked in the face by death metal and finished off by black Norwegian thrash core..........anyways......I tend to lay down some silhouettes to get a feel for the character and how he/she/it would move and interact in a physical space. I do these quite fast, focusing on the feel of the character and not neccicarly the details.
Then the nerd rage takes over and MUST give the character a backstory. This helps me get a feel for who the character is and what personality and role they will fulfill, and yes I still have no actual clue at this point what the character will look like. Its still a pretty shape with a past at this point.
Heres some sketches of what I thought my characters face looked like. Nothings permanent at this stage just throwing ideas on a page. Once I like it, all throw it into photoshop and do a quick greyscale.