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    Smile How The Jellyfish Lost Its Bones

    The school I’m attending has recently granted me a self-study period which will span about three months.

    In these three months I have been given complete freedom to do whatever project i want.
    I have chosen to visually “illustrate” a modified version of the Japanese story of How The Jellyfish Lost Its Bones.
    The story has its roots in the Japanese story, but I have extended it a filled some gaps here and there.

    I will make an update a little later with the story.

    I use the term illustrate a little loosely.
    What I’ll do, is to create the characters, the creatures and the surroundings in which the story takes place.
    This involves a lot of concepting for everything, figuring out what the locations will look like, designing creatures that fit into their given environments etc. There’s a lot of work to do, but I’m certain it will be a lot of fun.
    I want to incorporate old styles of Japanese woodcarvings and paintings to certain degree.

    Another task I have given myself is to document most of my work, so I’ll try to record a lot of stuff from the development stage and naturally share all of the work I do.

    My goal is to produce some of “keyshots” from the story which will be where the most important actions happen. I think there will be around 4-6 of them
    I hope some of you will follow along as it develops and provide me with feedback if you will

    Thank you

    Morten Jæger.
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    So here's the first update.
    These sketches are from yesterday and today.
    Mostly exploring shapes and trying to see what kind of style would fit into the universe

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    You have some utterly delightful character here. I look forward to seeing it progress.
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    I can feel the japanese mythology from these drawing, really good job. 1. 3. and 4. pages are absolutely perfect. 2. page is well done but it doesn't give the same japanese feeling others make me feel.
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    Thank you Black Spot.
    I agree keremcantarhan, I'll have to rethink some of them
    Today I mostly touched up some of the designs, I had time to finish up the some sketches for another character

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    Nice concepts for catfish, I really really really like the left-center one.
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    Thanks :p I havent's really settled on anyone of them yet.
    A little lazy start this week, only did a few drawings for some animals and creatures, and a quick color test for the Jellyfish

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    Great work again. The only thing comes to my mind is that maybe you should make the Kappa a little more human-like. It looks like a furry frog as it is now. Also now that I've seen a lot together, yokai are actually pretty comical and odd. LoL
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    Lovely character! As far as color is concerned, the top right is my favorite, The face seems lit-up like it's glowing from inside which seems to fit the character you've portrayed. The color scheme is also striking and stands out from the others well.
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    I'll try a more human like Kappa then
    yes they are :p.. you should check out all of the tsukumogami, some odd ones out there..

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    Thank you, I totally agree with you choice
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    Okay, started to play around with some styles.. Not really sure what to go for though..
    Oh well, here's and update anyway

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    I think the third one won't do because it looks way too solid. Jellyfish are supposed to be you know jelly-like. Second one looks amazingly refined and I really liked the lighting on it. But the first one looks like a jellyfish the most. Maybe a cross between first and second?
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    Yeah.. The third one is no good at all..
    I'ts hard to come up with the right style I think :/..

    But I will try that, and post and update with some other styles tomorrow
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