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Persimmon 2018 Redesign 2 by ObscureStar Persimmon 2018 Redesign 2 by ObscureStar
After the previous set of drawings for this character, I took a look at the time lapse recording.  I love this feature in Procreate.  It gave me an opportunity to see where I was spending all my time.  After viewing and some thinking and a couple of pencil tests, I decided the character needed one more redesign/simplification pass.

The big changes are in the cheeks and hair.  Both of been simplified.  I think this gives a cleaner look to the character and it skips a lot of little fiddly lines.

The other major change I made was in how I do ink and paint.  My method had been to fill with the body color, then the ventral color, hair, eyes, etc, and shadows and highlights last. 

I tried reversing that order.   In traditional painting, painting over a value painting is not uncommon.  In traditional cel painting, everything is drawn front to back so your shadows happen early in the process.  I found that the darker color of the shadows makes it easier to spot gaps.  I'm also much quicker painting the color layer because I can slop around a lot behind the shadow layer and I'm doing cleanup on edges less. 

Playback of this drawing set was very encouraging.  Roughly estimating from the time lapse, the new paint method is about 10x faster than my old one and produces a sharper result.  I'm rather pleased. ^.^
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Very cute to be sure.  :heart:

One thing I would ask about the character is ... if you hadn't put out the first design and the dress on this one, I wouldn't be entirely sure of the sex of the character.  Was that done intensionally?
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ObscureStar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Heh.  Ya.  The dress was actually because the pose was terrible  and rather than try to be clever and fix it, I covered it.   The character is female and might sometimes be drawn that way but in general, it's deliberately unimportant.  G-rated toon. 
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Gotcha.  The professor I had for Character Design and Storyboarding back in the mid-1990s was positively brutal with designs, especially ones where he felt they were not good enough or clear enough in what the character was or was doing.  He also had a bizarre sense of humor that was lost on me more than one time or so.  I know it was a teaching environment, but he really pushed the bounds.  One student got really upset with him and told him, "For a non-published hack, you sure do have a horrible sense of what works and what doesn't.  Otherwise, your points might make a bit more sense."  I did counter the guy with the fact that John Lassiter was teaching classes in animation and he was even more brutal.

Still, doing a G-Rated toon is rather interesting for DA, but I have to admit that I'm enjoying what you are doing.  Keep up the awesome work.  :)
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ObscureStar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Student General Artist
I would argue the professor was probably right.  I've seen similar discussions when I was taking animation classes.    I want the character somewhat gender ambiguous.  Part of why cartoon characters are so successful as agents of storytelling is because they don't look like a particular person (unless caricatured to do so) but that has the effect of making them more of an everyperson character, more relatable to a larger group.   Gender is just another thing we use to segregate people.  Doesn't seem really necessary to most of the stories I want to tell other than when other people refer to the character in the 3rd person.

Also, to be a total nerd...  If we get back to the early roots of animation and comics. www.newyorker.com/books/page-t…  I'm in good company. :)
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Mm ... an interesting point and something I wouldn't have considered.  While I don't see it as segregation because of the way I was raised, you really to make for a solid argument for not doing it.

Thanks for the education.  :heart:
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RetroPlanet2004 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Good Job!
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ObscureStar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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