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    Help with Kathakali based character design

    Hello there.

    For my animation project, I have based my character design on kathakali

    a south-indian dance form. Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathakali

    I'm trying to keep him fairly realistic.Also, he has to be easy for animation.So Ive minimized the ornamentation and kept the most striking part of the costume,the face.

    I'm also trying to Keep the costume modern ,but using most of the colors used by the dancers.

    Any help for improvement is highly appreciated!

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    I think this looks like fun, and I love the colors. I do think that the head is a bit small.

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    Thank you for your reply.

    Apart from the proportions,do you think it needs anything more,design wise?

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    Heres a further improvement.

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    Just asking: Is he wearing shoes or are his feet meant to be toe-less?

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    I think as far as design goes, he's fine. If you added much more on, he'd get difficult to animate quickly. It's a shame there aren't more colors or accessories of the costumes, but that's the sacrifice of animation, isn't it?

    He has enormous hands!

    If you have the time, please stop by my sketchbook, Chock Full o'Nuts.
    I would appreciate any advice or critiques.
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    @Mayu_Zane He's toeless!There is not much focus on his feet.So I have left it at that.

    @DKHutcheson Thanks for the reply.You are right.Even I regret not having him all decked up.Apart for ease of animation,its also to keep him fairly grounded in the real world.Thats why he's sort of flared up..so that he can match the disproportionate volumes of the dancers.

    The hands are huge because he shall emote a lot with them.

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