Final Character Rendering: Sacha North.

This is my finished 3D character rendering of my character design for the thesis book I’m working on. I have to say that I had such a fun time doing this! To concept a character, imagining their personality, designing the clothes and the movements are what I truly love doing the most. This is the protagonist of my thesis story “Neo New York”, character’s name is Sacha North. As you can already tell its got a Native American Indian look and feel to it. I’ll post more of the Visual Development soon…. Below you can see the finalized sketch I started with before I painted this in Photoshop. You’ll notice the differences as I’ve changed the design of the feathers and skirt shapes in the finalized versions. The original skirt shape just didn’t make any sense and I thought it didn’t fit with the character, then i found a reference photo and it made all the difference =).

Thesis Character – Sacha North

Working on these character poses all last week. I finally settled on a style for my thesis character. I did reference a lot of Stephen Silver’s work, I love his character designs and I recently bought his character design app! Which is totally worth it to get inspiration from, he freakin rocks.

Anyway, I had a ton of fun drawing these! As you can see this character is fun, energetic, and quite the adventurer. My thesis story has a lot to do with Native American Spirituality fused with the future. Its titled “Neo New York” Will have more to tell soon!

More Sacha North Character Explorations

Good news, I passed my Thesis Review at the Academy of Art University! I’m now approved for my project concept that I presented last week to a panel of instructors at the school. My panel included Charles Keagle, David Netherey, and Phillip Morris who’ve all at one point either worked for Disney, Pixar and ILM, they are a great group of instructors with a lot of knowledge and suggestions that they imparted during our discussion. It was such a great experience being able to present my ideas and getting approved to proceed with working on it. I’m so happy that I have literally 6 classes left, which means this fall, next spring, and I can finish next summer. I am excited! Here are more color explorations I did for my main thesis character.

Sacha North – Thesis color explorations

Here are some concepts I’ve been exploring with the main character I created for my Thesis. Its really fun to explore a little bit of color in Photoshop and come up with a color scheme. I did two different skin and hair color schemes. I’m kinda diggin the blonde with the blue and red costume, but who knows I may change it again! ┬áThe protagonist is a free-spirited orphan girl named Sacha North.

Pan background assignment

This semester has been rough! I had such a busy schedule this spring, from my 9-5 here in New York and two online classes. On top of that I was taking a 6 week novel writing workshop which ends this week as well! But I’m glad I pulled through and now I can look forward to finishing my writing and my Cali trip next week! Yay! Here is a background I did for a panning assignment. Its from an Animation Layout Design class that I had this spring. This is still in its rough version, but you get the idea, my character is running down the hill trying to chase the cable car. This is part of my thesis project which I’m still unbelievably working on in my spare time. Its supposed to pan from left to right and I haven’t yet drawn where the character is positioned at in 3 different pan shots. Maybe I will repost again when I finish.

Dreamwalker Storyboards – Meditation Sequence.

So the story goes that the main character Isis is lost and looking for the “Meditation Chamber” which is a yoga place. The story is set in San Francisco and for the first time Isis has an out of body experience while meditating. She walks in loudly and disturbs the people that are already meditating, in the process of finding a spot to sit she accidentally hits someone in the back of the head with her yoga mat! Its been a hell of a week trying to figure this out and among other various things! These are very rough as I had done them quickly in Photoshop using a wacom tablet, but at least I got the composition of each of the storyboards the way I wanted them! These will probably go through another round of edits as far lighting and color. Enjoy!