The Wonder of Life

The Wonder of Life - student project

The Wonder of Life - image 1 - student project

I wanted to use some of the knowledge I gained from the first lesson and apply it to an old character I created years ago in school. I redesigned him a little bit and then started with a very simple outline done quickly in photoshop to try and get my basic layout.

The Wonder of Life - image 2 - student project

I have always loved the idea of artificial life meets natural life, but I wanted to set both some tension and peace to the scene. The character is made up of mostly rounded shapes while the catepillar is mostly a line. I set the catepillar on a diagonal to give a sense of tension to it and then I tried to shape the area where the robot's fingers are reaching for it into a kind of triangular shape to give the hand a sense of danger and villiany.

The Wonder of Life - image 3 - student project

After a quick ink in Illustrator, I brought the lines back into photoshop and established some very basic highlights on the character and created a feathered fill to focus in on the area where I want the viewer to focus on the character and the action. 

The Wonder of Life - image 4 - student project

Lastly, I used a water-based brush to add in my color, focusing most of my brightest colors within the feathered area to help add to the contrast for my focal point.

Given more time, I feel I could have spent a great deal more effort on the layout and the initial blocking and I would probably want to go back and edit my linework for a more varied line weight so that I can help even more on given my focal point attention.

Any suggestions would be greately appreciated!