New Characters? Work in Progress

Written by Matt Farmer on .

So I'm trying to develop some new characters. My idea was to have a group of characters who could interract with the real world. A bit like my Skull Guys, but cuter, and more likeable...

For the design I wanted something simple. Not just easy to draw, but potentially easy to sculpt as well. I've had this vague idea in my mind for a while, and this evening I've been doing some doodles and I think I've got them worked out.


V1: A quick rough doodle which was more or less what I had in mind, but wasn't particularly happy with. Too top-heavy.


V2: I'm much happier with the shape of these guys, but I'm not so sure about the different style of arms.


V3: Pretty much there with the V2 body shape and arms more like V1, but might still tweak slightly.

The idea behind these guys is they're tiny, about 4cm tall, genderless, and they travel around our world in groups, just trying to comprehend the various human artefacts that they find.
They're all identical, but they're different colours, and they're slightly rubbery (if you remember the Monster in my Pocket toys from the 80s/90s, that's pretty much what I had in mind, colour/texture-wise!).
While they'll look the same, I expect some individual personalities will start to come out as I work with them.

I might have a play with the design a bit more, and I'm going to try to work them into some photos. I'm going to have a go at making a few in a variety of colours and poses from Fimo or Sculpey or similar, and try photographing them too.

Ideally I'd like to one day get a bunch of Monster in my Pocket style rubber toys made, but that will be some time (and maybe a Kickstarter) away!


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