The child villain was then digitised completely in Adobe Illustrator and finalised. I wanted her to look quite cute and I think I have achieved that. The child is a little in-proportional as she has a large head and quite small arms but I feel it adds to her character
Below I again just wanted to put all three finalised version of this character side by side.
Once I was happy with my sketches, I again imported them in Adobe Illustrator and began to digitise them. I started with her face as always, as I was keeping to the same colour scheme of the other versions of this character it again was a quicker process than normal.
Here I have once again aligned the character in all of her different stages of the story. I tried to make them look similar enough to be the same person yet different enough to look the appropriate ages.
Exactly like before the villains body as a child would be very similar to her body when she was a little older. To make her body more child like it would obviously be shorter and a little broader. Again her attire would be the same, just a basic T-shirt.
Above you can see the slight changes from child – teenager – adult.
After sketching some hairstyles it was time to establish what the characters face would look like as a child. Again she would be heavily based on the face of her teen and adult counterparts. After sketching up an idea based on these facial features and research gathered, quite a unique face was designed. The character has funky pig tails a bigger head and bigger eyes to give her that child like look.
Below we see the character side by side with herself as a teen and as an adult.
Once the main character was established as an adult and a teenager it was time to design her in the last stage she appears in the book. Well, she appears as a child first but the character has been designed backwards as it seemed the most logical way to do so.
Again the child version of the villain character would tremendously resemble herself as a teen and an adult, making the design process a little shorter than normal. Research was completed when it came to designing a child character and it was discovered that a younger character usually has larger eyes and a larger head. This was taken fully into consideration as it would definitely add to the child like effect.
The character would again have a different hair style as a child compared to when she is a teen or an adult. Hair styles seemed like a good place to start. On initial thought two pig tails would seem a great fit for a childish character as this is a hairstyle best known and most popular amongst children. Sketches where then completed to see what would work.
Once the teen version of the villain was finalised she was drawn from the side. This sketch will aid me in illustrating the actual book later on. I chose not to digitise the side view of her face as of yet.
Then the full version of the teen villain was digitised, She is again extremely similar to her adult counter part as it would be a good thing to have continuity though out the story as she appears in the book as an adult, teen and child. It would seem logical to to keep her in the same colour palette throughout to make it even clearer who she is.
Above we see the front and back angle of the teen villain character. The adult version of her is then placed along side her along with the colour palette to show case the continuous use of these colours.
Once I was happy with my sketch I then imported it into Adobe Illustrator and began to use the pen tool to draw my character. Once she was all outlined I simply had to import the colours from the adult version of her as she would have the same colour palette as teen, this cut the digitisation process in half as there was no need to experiment with colours.
Once again I have placed my two versions of my villain side by side to show case similarities between them. The teen version is happier and looks more youthful. The adult version has a more stern look and an added collar which is a generic villainous trait. As an adult she still looks quite youthful, she is only in her thirties at this stage, I did not want to make her look too old. I also wanted her to look like a normal person in the face. I did not want her to look too cynical, evil or witch like as that was not what I was going for.
As an adolescent my villains face will mirror her face as an adult with some simple changes. Her hairstyle to a high pony tail to give her a more youthful look and initially a happier expression as at this stage she is not yet revengeful.
Below I have placed the sketch of my teen villains face beside the original sketch of her face as an adult just to showcase the difference. Her features remain the same as you can see the main things that I have adjusted is her hair and her expression. The difference will be seen even more once my teen is digitised.
I wanted to take her adult body and just slightly change some attributes in order for her to seem a little more teen like. I thought a good way to do this was to changer her top a small bit. I decided to make it a little shorter to show off her torso and make it seem a lot younger. This style of garment is something that is very popular amongst teens today and seeing as I want my story to be a modernised version of The Little Mermaid I thought this would work really well