Friday, April 23, 2010
Jack The Giant Killer - Character Development
As mentioned in my last post I am working on a sketchbook of designs which will be for sale later in the year. As part of this I have always wanted to work on and develop characters for Jack and the Beanstalk. It is a story that I have always loved since I was a kid. I especially enjoyed (and still do) the Disney version in 'Fun and Fancy Free' (the Giant was such a happy and fun character) as well as the Warner Bros. version 'Jack Wabbit and the Beanstalk'.
I felt the pervious design was a bit too TV animation stylised and decided to push the shapes and design much further. I started off with the head (and did it in profile as I find that the hardest angle to get right and still look appealing) and I have since begun working on some different costumes.
I see the character as a poor boy around the age of 14. He is much more positive and happier than in the original story where he is a really mean kid! As he is poor I have made his clothes a little small, torn and patched. He has a bag to carry the items that he steals from the giant. I will start to push some of the costume and the props a little further now and try some expressions too to test out the character's range.
Any comments would be great! Thanks!