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I have always been fascinated with medieval and high fantasy movies, books, and the overall idea of this time period where anything possible. I have also always adored making my own characters and wacky creatures, and I finally found the perfect way for me to explore and develop both at the same time! For my senior thesis, I decided to create my own human characters and creatures that could live in an imaginary village of the sort. Humans live in harmony with many (not all!) mashups of mythical creatures, such as the pigeon rat and wolf sheep. From a young age, each individual in the village has a specific duty to work with the creatures and their fellow humans of their village to keep things running smoothly, much like a large farm. With this project, I hope to develop my character design skills and push myself to try new and exciting things.
Lineup of various women belonging to this fantasy realm. They represent some of the young women characters found in the main setting of this story.
Lineup of young men existing in the same village as the above women.
Lineup of young kids and some teens inhabiting the village. I wanted to make them bright, colorful, and have a lot of variation.
An assortment of various characters.
Here I delved into a few different poses for some various men and women characters from above.
Here I further looked into another character in my male lineup. I explored different coloring, along with hair styles, face shapes, and noses and eventually decided on the second option.
Diving in to one character from the top medieval lady lineup, I decided to further research Rose: a dorky blacksmith and violinist.
Here is a bunch of mish-mashed creatures that could inhabit this world, including but not limited to, the bear deer, bull frog, and alligator snapping turtle.
More possible creatures living in this fantasy world: The Pigeon Rat and Iguana Fox, seen as pests. I went for a more refined and exploratory page to further look into these species.
I tried exploring a creature, the wolf sheep, with several different drawings and variations including coloring, posing, profiles, and a turnaround.
Various head explorations for the goats that live in this medieval village. At this point in development, I had yet to explore mashing two creatures together to make one. Some of these are wacky enough to be found there!
A handful of environmental sketches to help establish a bit of the look and feel of this world.
An array of boats and wooden signs found in the harbor and streets of the village.
Various everyday objects found scattered throughout the village.