March was a busy month in my Vector Character land. I had at least 5 days where I was totally stumped and had to sit for half an hour to collect my thoughts. I wonder if the inspiration gets harder to come by as the days progress. I find creating the vector characters quite a breeze, but the stories keep getting harder to come by. I almost gave up several times and thought of just making the characters and not attaching a fun little story to each and every one of them. But then, that would be giving up right? And we just can’t have that!
Some Things I Learnt This Month
- It is alright to not have detailed eyes every single time. I have now experimented with different shaped eyes and eyes that are just small, non-consequential dots and they have ended making my characters appear different and more involved in the stories I create for them. See Mono & Big Lou.
- I experimented with lack of facial features like eyes and nose and even mouth. I supplemented the lack of features by posture and body movement to express an emotion. See Hi Yai Yai & Pug.
- I tried out unusual proportions and loved it! I love the big head over a small body look. See Polka.
- In the past I have always thought of a storyline first before developing the character. This month, I took to Illustrator several times, playing with shapes and coming up with characters. Once they were created, I would stare at them for a while, willing my mind to conjure up names and stories, even trying to fit them into previous storylines. See Papa & Eko.
And now the iphone wallpapers! Please enjoy them, have a chuckle when you see them on your iphone screens. Please don’t use them or modify them for any artwork/project, personal or commercial.
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