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Character Creation/Design Talks (01)

Featured Artist:


Hey there! Would you mind talking a little about your process for creating creatures and characters? Where do you get your inspiration from? -Evvy

It might seem a little obvious from my work, but my two main categories for inspiration are the world I currently live in a experience, mostly focusing on nature elements; and the world before my existence: history, mythology and paleontology. (I collect a lot of things and have a lotta books…)

(This was for a specific project but when I had to choose a career for her to pursue I was able to incorporate my interest in prehistoric life and the ocean)

I think the biggest way to find inspiration hinges on one word: observation. Whether that’s watching animals to figure out how they function; artists, architects and other craftspeople to finagle how they made their work or discovering the rhythms of stories and myths.

(These characters are all based off United States urban legends and cryptozoology)

Its about learning, absorbing, processing and then translating. (and a lot of trial and error!)

And I always keep in mind the role of my creation: what world/setting do they exist in, how is that apparent in their design? Do they have a backstory? Who or what are they interacting with? These and similar questions can immensely help in making them believable entities that engage the audience.

(Lucian the Victorian English newt is a good example of this)

I’ve also noticed that two of the crucial visual elements in any creature and character design are repeating shapes and color palette. Just keeping those in mind can help make design decisions and lead to stronger designs. I tend towards triangles and diamonds with rounded points as well as organic rounded blob/oval shapes. It can often help me to get out as many ideas at once as possible and then go from there.

(Here are my top 20 costume designs for a future project, from here I can mix and match until I get a memorable end product)

And after all that: spark, idea, design, I want to become familiar and comfortable with the character/creature from different angles, and in different moods. The perimeters of what they act like and look like as well as their reactions to events can lead to the development of other characters/creatures and further world-development.

Personally I usually turn to images/visuals for the majority of my inspiration so I utilize Tumblr, Pinterest, field guide books, picture books and my camera and I recommend that to others!

Top 20 Costumes in no Particular Order - ღ16

There was so many Mahler costumes and I know the beige one wasn’t a favourite for many but I could not leave it off the list. The intricate beading and lacework on the bodice is just really stunning, and looking at it closely, it looks wonderful. The top part isn’t the best but the top is really just beautiful. And the skirt material is actually quite soft and it moves really nicely.  

Calling all Cosplayers! Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" Costume Contest

Calling all Cosplayers - it’s time to show off your Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” costumes!

Just send a photo of yourself dressed as your favorite Marvel character via Skype file share to Skype ID: Guardians_Cosplay

  • Top entrants will be asked to submit a Skype video message while in costume.
  • Next, the top 20 costumers will be reviewed by an expert judging panel.
  • The final five winners will receive a once-in-a-lifetime experience, including:
  1. A Skype group video call Master Class with the costume designer from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”;
  2. A pair of tickets for the Winner and his/her guest to the premiere of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” film in Los Angeles, USA.; and
  3. Skype and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” merchandise.*

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Top 20 Costumes in no Particular Order - ღ15

This was actually a practice costume AFAIK, but oh my, do I LOVE it! I LOVE the fringe at the bottom with the sash thing, and I am completely in love with the flowered pattern on the dress. The “feel” of the dress fits the dance too, and I really love the black vest that Scott has on. Their hair looks perfect *mourning Scott’s hair*. The neckline is to die for, it fits perfectly and it’s gorgeous!

Top 20 Costumes in no Particular Order - ღ14

Not only do I *adore* this program, but I love the costumes that go with it. Tessa’s dress is perfect for the dance, the black sparkly dress fits her body perfectly, and the fringe moves perfectly for the dance. The black looks even more dramatic with her red hair, and the flower is a perfect touch. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the open back! Scott looks polished, sexy, and great in the all-black outfit.