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Helen Capewell
OCA Learning Log
Student Number: 522802
Degree: Illustration
Current Level: 2

Create a Children's Character

Exercise Two


I some how came to the decision that I was going to create an animal character for this exercise, even though drawing animals has to be my kryptonite; I always struggle!


I started with collecting images of animal characters that had been created by other illustrators. I was looking at what makes them unique, what gives them life and what was the styles. I already felt like I wanted to create an animal character that had human characteristics. Fpr example, I wanted the animal to walk humanly and wear clothing.




I had no idea what animal I wanted to create a character from at this stage. So I did searches for animals that were less common, or rather unknown. this didn't really help, I wasn't feeling it, and I was worried of going to obscure would be the kind of challenge I wasn't wanting. In the end, I was thinking of meerkats. Having Google images open on my screen with meerkats, I began sketching!





I felt I had gotten a look that I was moving towards which was becoming natural to draw. With finding something that felt natural, it seemed more possible to be able to draw the characters in different angles, despite only drawing it in one particular view the majority of the time during this exercise.


What I had lacked at this point was an idea of the "personality" or the distcint style of the character. By style I mean clothing and perhaps the world it inhabit. I sketched out my meerkat and began to clothe it. given the natural habitat of a meerkat appears to be in dry conditions, with underground burrows, I had a feeling of giving it a Mad Max-esque clothing. I kept it subtle, but I think it would be fun to add more details in the costume.



I felt like I wasn't going to get any better than this drawing above. I had been drawing similar before, erasing many times in the process as I was unhappy with the quality. Feeling confident in this choce, I moved over to digital to bring it to life, which is often my trick!




I kind of get an early sky walker from Phantom Menace vibe about this illustration, and I'm all for it. I think I could create more around this character, develop it further and perhaps use it for the assignment in this part.

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