Tonight Im looking back at some of my favorite Haunted Mansion designs Ive made in the past. The Haunted Mansion is one of my favorite rides at Disneyland, and each time I get to make a custom Vinylmation based upon it, its always a treat.
My dad used to have dreams about Dragon Tales when I was little, and I had nightmares of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse when my niece was little, because that’s all I ever heard while at my sister’s house. [The hotdog song is forever trapped in my brain.]
If you live near a theme park, you may be in luck for some special thrills. Theme park hopping has become a trend for costumed partiers who like to scare themselves silly on specially decorated rides. At least one park offers a ride that goes backwards only on Halloween night. If there aren’t theme parks nearby, drop by your local haunted house.
Sorry to bother you~ I'm redesigning one of my characters and giving her a skeletal form as part of her powers, but I'm having a surprising amount of trouble designing it... How do you think a skeleton Sonic character would look, without loosing too many of their distinctive features? It'd be cool to know your thoughts on powers that would involve supernatural, skeleton-y things, too, but you don't need to bother if you don't want.. I'd appreciate any advice you have~
No bother at all- it’s why I’m here!
First, as usual, we’ll do some research. I’d start by looking at rubberhose skeletons, since that’s primarily Sonic’s roots
(Mickey Mouse- Haunted House)
(Flip the Frog - Spooks)
I chose these three as they’re more simplified than what you’d find in something like the classic Silly Symphonies. We can already see a path to take here- simplify and stylize the bones. Arms and legs are tubes, that happen to have balls in the middle and ends. However, we can then take this further- how would modern Sonic Team stylize a skeleton?
As you can see, what they do in Puyo Pop is do a normal sillhouette, and then adapt the skeleton form to it, Bones are implied by sectioning limbs and adding black spots when needed.
The faces are particularly interesting in the latter- they’re simplified, but the top skeletons use them as helmets, while Bones Oshare actually emotes and has an eye. Either one would work, I think.
The last one, meanwhile, is from Sonic and the Secret Rings, and has a lot more detail, but the logic’s kinda the same- the Skeleton details are subject to a simplified sillhouette, and the face is stylized.
So taking all this together, I’d say to keep the same sillhouette, and adapt the skeleton to it as needed- so if we were talking Sonic, something like
All this for skeletons. Ghosts, it’s a different question for another time.
EDIT: All this for a basic skeleton, of course. Depending on the character, feel free to then spice things up- some accessories, some flaming skulls, whatever.