Dom has been working very hard to get the Characters work right and got our Villain spot on. In the fairy tale version he is meant to be the witch that leads Hansel and Gretel into he gingerbread house house but in the urban world he is the drug dealer that offers them drugs. As you can see, his features resemble that of a witch with the triangular facial features and the pointy hat.
Hansel and Gretel Development
Initially, Hansel and Gretel were going to be normal humans but after looking deeper into the style we could go for, Sam suggested German Expressionism as a link to Brother's Grimms' fairy tales. This creative movement suggest rough surfaces and bolder silhouettes which why the following character concepts resemble carved dolls.
Our animation will be split into two worlds: the urban and the fairy tale world. The transaction between the two will be subtle during the animation with different elements of the urban world appearing gradually in the fairy tale one. To make the two environments different to each other we got two of our group members to work on them separately.
Urban/ Modern Environment
Ryan will be working on the urban environment based on Sam's Influence Map using cold colours and gritty textures. The urban world will mainly be inspired by London's suburbs with the tall house blocks and dark alley ways.
Sam's Urban/Modern World Influence Map
Ryan's Urban/Modern World Concepts
Fairy Tale Environment
Dayle is responsible of the fairy tale world inspired by Disney's colourful forest environments. It is meant to be cheesy to convince the audience that the animation starts with a generic fairy tale world which will eventually change and surprise them.
With our final story conjured up, without giving away too much this animation will be based around the fairy tale story of Hansel and Gretel.
Many factors has affected the designs of the main characters of the story which are, Hansel, Gretel and the Witch. Our focus with the plot is dealing with putting a British grit modern twist on the story, therefore the character designs created by Domantas had to keep developing in order for the British feel to merge well with folklore aspect of the traditional story.
When creating Gretel we had the idea of creating a streetwise London bound girl. Drawing from influences from Jamie Hewlett Tank Girl and British actress Jaime Hewlett
British Actress Jamie Winestone
Jamie Hewlett's Tank Girl
Here are Domantas's initial and development character designs for Gretel. She started off as a strong female character ready to tackle anyone who can threaten her.
Gretel's designs were then followed by Hansel's who appeared to be a pathetic, weak and passive character in his initial designs.
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