After experimenting with colour schemes I chose my favourite. I then came to the realisation that all of my characters are brunette. I don’t really want that to be the case therefore I may change some of the hair colours at a later stage, depending on backgrounds and everything else.
As always once I am happy with my sketches I then start to digitise. I again made My surfer in Adobe Illustrator with the pen tool and like before I always experiment with different colour palettes and then pick my favourite. I thought it would be a good idea to include Zach’s surf board in this image as it would allow me to pick a suitable colour for it seeing it against his character.
I completed some more sketches of this character to get a better idea of what he will look like overall. I included some drawings of some surf boards also to see what I found worked the best.
After Picking the hair style I liked the best and that I thought suited the character best I then sketched the characters face incorporating the same facial features that all characters will have. As he is male I wanted to slightly square off his jaw line and differentiate him from the female characters.
On completion of my two main female characters I decided to get started on the first of my male lead characters. This is the character that the princess falls in love with, his name is ??, he is human and he loves to surf. I began by researching some images of surfers and cartoons that include a surfing character to get some inspiration.
I decided that he would be a surfer, my story is a more modernised version of The Little Mermaid and instead of him being a sailor I wanted to make him something more contemporary.
In designing him I began with hairstyles. As I already new his basic facial features I thought this would be the best way to start.