Current Works in Progress

I started playing around with Ursula’s body. Still trying to figure out what exactly she will look like. As well as colouring.

As for Ariel I began drawing her on Illustrator but i am not sure how I feel about her as of yet. I hope to have all characters fully finished ASAP I am just being too picky as of yet.


Revised Project Statement

“A classic story from the villains point of view with a modern twist, wrapped up in a beautifully illustrated storybook”

Since the fist Phase I have decided to do a storybook rather than a graphic novel as I want to put more detail into my illustrations something i fell a graphic novel will not allow. I also decided to modernise my story and give it a new lease of life.

Selection of Key Ideas

Through Idea generation I really came across many key ideas that I will use within my project. From the use of mind maps I realised some character traits for each individual character which aided me later in the rough sketch phase. Mind maps have also been extremely helpful in generating ideas for my final story.

By initially just sketching and sketching until I was happy with my design before importing it onto a computer and digitising it really saved a lot of time as it is more time consuming to draw on the computer compared to paper.

Evidence of Idea Generation

Mood board

I feel a moodpboard is important when generating ideas to get a chance to see the look and feel I hope to achieve in my final product.


I like to use mind maps at first to generate a number of ideas and try and see what exactly I want. I feel mind maps are useful as you write the first thing that pops into your head and as random as the words may be they may lead you to your end goal.

Sketches, sketches, sketches

I really like just drawing and drawing until I come across a certain look or shape I like and I feel will suit whatever character or item I am designing. I feel by generating a lot of different sketches benefits me hugely. Even if I am sketching Ideas for one character certain sketches may lead me to a completely different character.

For example, I was sketching a lot of different shapes and hairstyles for Ursula, When I chose the my final design for Ursula I noticed how much I liked one of my other possible designs for her and I decided to use this look for Ariel. I cut some Character designing time in half and I am happy so far with how the two girls will look.

Tools Used in Generation of Ideas

I used a couple different tools to generate my ideas:


Firstly, I used the help of the internet to research shapes and characters just for some Ideas of how I may place my own characters.

Pencil and Paper

I then began to sketch very rough shapes just to get the ball rolling. I continue to sketch until I find something I am happy with I then go back in and add more detail to the drawing.

Adobe Illustrator

Once I have a completed drawing I will then scan this image into the computer and redraw the image in Adobe Illustrator.

Key Ideas for Design

I have a number of design ideas:

  I want my final product to be a story book format.

  I want all characters to be unique and different.

I hope to show my character development in a clear way, show them growing up and     make the story flow nicely.

I want there to be passages written on every page and for there to be a two page spread illustration reflecting what is happening in the written passages.

As for my prototype I aim to showcase exactly What I mean when I say a two page spread and an illustration reflecting what is happening in the written passages. I have an idea to show a part of the story when Triton and Ursula are teenagers in love. I will supply the drawing and perhaps just use Lorem Ipsum in the passage just to give you an idea of how a page like this may be laid out.


I decided to give the face a test run on illustrator. I was really excited to bring it to life on my computer I really enjoy working on illustrator and I was happy with the first draft. I do plan to do her in more colour schemes to see what I like best but for now I just gave her tan skin and brown hair.

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Choosing a Face

I went back over one of my original sketches and put a lot more detail in. I was really happy with the result and feel like I really want to go a head and use this as my Ursula Character. She has long hair and big eyes. I want to make ursula beautiful I feel like a lot of villains are depicted as ugly old hags and it kind of gives the wrong message in my opinion.