I have been putting some thought into what narrative I will take to base my character design around. I have certain goals with this project, things like wanting to produce a villainess and such. These goals give me a certain guideline I need to follow when trying to find a good narrative.
I was looking at comic book villainess's for a while, and I was really keen to explore an original character design around 'Emma Frost' from the Xmen universe :
and then it dawned on me, how I was wasting time on comic books. What an idiot I was, comic books are purely visual. They don't offer some descriptive text of a character that I can base an original design around. All of my designs would be directly influenced by the existing characters. Which would destroy the whole point of the project. So now I'm back to square one. I'm not a huge cartoon watcher, I like anime, and I like 'adult' cartoons such as American Dad or Drawn Together, and so I don't know of many cool villainesses that I can track back the history of and get some solid descriptive text of that character. So I can see that I will have to do some digging around and hope that something comes up.
I was talking to Alan on Tuesday about the project, and he simply said to me that I need :
History of (the history of the chosen character)
Art Direction (this will probably be influenced directly by the text its self)
Narrative (the story the character goes through, this will influence her character design)
(Also, on a side note, I heard Alan was in a car accident, I hope all is well there!)
So I think I overlooked a lot of things. As per usual I got too inside my own head and got carried away with one option, and didn't broaden my search. I decided to look at fictional books and stories, and try and find a villainess of some sort in these. For example, Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter would be a great choice to produce a character design around. J.K.Rowling does a great job of describing characters in her books, and there has been only one visual character design that I have seen based around the description, and that was in the movies. Whilst the character design there wasn't too bad, it's far from how I had imagined her.
I am also looking at the Warcraft series novels. The Warcraft franchise by Blizzard is huge, and there's been many video games, animes, novels etc produced for it. I'm thinking of producing a design based around the dragon 'Onyxia' in her human form. But i'll need to see if I can find character descriptions of her in text form.
Oh, on another side note, are you in tomorrow Phil? (Friday 12th) Going to pop in if so.