Spyro: Spiders and ShadowsThe sound of hoof beats hammered through the air as the two strange horse-drawn carts pulled up in front of the citadel. The beasts bearing them were simply another variation of shadow creature in truth. The carts themselves were large vehicles, with a two seated carriage-like compartment at the front and a larger less impressive box compartment at the rear. The sun shined off the black-lacquered exterior, which was carefully and artistically carved, and inlaid with silver.More Like This
The shadow fiend named Blatsy stood on the ramparts to watch his two former comerades climb into the carriages. The fiend had decided not to choose a reward yet, but both of the other fiends had asked for a simple wish, to become human, and so these former conjurations of shadow had changed.
The carts had already begun moving again, heading out on some task the master had set for their drivers. Blatsy had been given a break as an additional bonus for pulling off his pivotal role in luring away the dragon
Spyro: The deep cave.The shadowy fiend lacked both strength and intelligence, evidenced by its frail shape and the obvious trail it left behind it. Tracking it had proven easy but slow, as the one thing the creature did not lack was speed. Even as encumbered as it should be carrying a huge bag of stolen crystals, the creature had been on the run for nearly an entire day.More Like This
Spryo paused overlooking the valley into which the creature had fled, the edge of the valley was pocked with caves and fissures and a small scrap of cloth indicated where a rock had torn the bag and a trail of crystals criss-crossed the landscape, feeling this hunt was drawing to a close Spyro followed the trail at a fast pace.
The fiend giggled and chattered to itself as it shook the bag, making sure that the trail was unbroken. Master be pleased with Blatsy, me follow order! Silly scaly thing, no one smarter than Master! He unfurled a tattered piece of parchment and peered at the crude diagram. Five different cave mouth
Notes on Character DesignI received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog. In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.More Like This
Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.
First, some general things...
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way, no rigid process you must adhere to, no shoulds or shouldn'ts except those you designate for yourself. This is one of the fun parts of being an artist, really - have a heady good time with it.
- Be patient.
A design is something gradually arrived at. It takes time and iteration and revision. You'll throw a lot of stuff away, and you'll i