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So I have a question that i would like people's take on. When design say the face of a hero. Is there things you keep in mind. Maybe things that make the character that much more interesting. I'm specifically talking about faces here.
I figure this is the place where I can ask since everyone comes here. Thank you for your time.
Dash, can you show some examples of characters whose story is visible in their eyes? (I’ve got to see it to believe it.)
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I know your asking about the face, but really, a face is just another avenue for application of the driving philosophy behind the design. A fairly important one, given that whole 'window to the soul' business, but an extension none the less. There are different philosophies, mostly because people have different goals.
For instance, Matt Groening believes good character designs are the ones that are immediately recognizable in silhouette, because they're more memorable. He also wanted to grab people's attention immediately when they were flicking through the channels. As a result, our hero Bart has some pretty funky hair and neon-yellow skin.
Peanuts characters don't stand-up to the silhouette test very well, but then again, Charles Schultz was more concerned with presenting Charlie Brown as the normal everyday man. As a result, our hero Charlie Brown was pretty banal, in comparison to the rest or just on his own.
Disney deals in moral absolutes, and as a result wants characters to look like their role. You know exactly where Disney characters stand in the storyline the second you look at them. As a result, Scar looks evil, jagged lines, gangly skin, dark mane, piercing unnatural eyes, slinking stance, evil, evil, evil.
The likes of Hayao Miyazaki doesn't deal in moral absolutes. The Villians in (most) Miyazaki flicks have redeeming qualities to make them seem more human. As a result, his Villians aren't designed to be overtly evil looking. Such as Yubaba in Spirited Away, whose design played both the "evil" and "good" witch sisters (and succeeded in both roles).
Last edited by Zilant; October 22nd, 2007 at 03:12 PM.
This are all really good points. I should have been more specific. We're in the process of designing hero characters for one of our future games. Because of the nature of our game in which characters have to share bodies and animation cycles. The only thing that has to be unique in the game would be the head which is design for this specific character.
I really have enjoy reading the few post that you guys have made. Thank you and if anyone else has any suggestions by all means, please post.
Its easier with older people then younger people, but you can tell a persons demeanor by the look of their face. What happens is depending on how often you smile or frown or squint or furrow your brow, etc. you develop wrinkles showing these particular facial expressions. So someone who had a hard life might have a sharper droopier face then someone who laughed all the time and would have big laugh lines and rounder features.