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a panda with a checkered past…

the assignment was to produce a character bible for an inhabitant of the zoo, with poses, expressions and props…it was probably the lack of sleep that made me decide on a panda 🙂 sporting a circular patch around one eye and a square patch around the other, the “panda eyes” and the absence  of colour (only black and white) reminded me of a checkers game, hence his name… “checkers” fancies himself an investigator but he’s rather faint-hearted…

and just for fun, i did my own rendition of a kungfu panda…

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a medieval rockband…so dubbed by km

tasked to envision three archetypal characters, one good, one bad and one neutral, who belong in the same realm, this was what i came up with:

 In a world where elemental creatures are mastered by music, three schools of skilled musicians rule…

Strong but slow, earth creatures answer to the beat of the drum and other percussion instruments. Borrowing the immense strength of the earth creatures, these musicians are able to build and fortify sturdy houses and sprawling towns tend to form round their dwellings, thus they are respected and viewed as leaders.

Wandering minstrels, using string instruments to communicate with water nymphs, they reflect the nature of the creatures they control, attractive, passionate and dauntless. They are well-loved and welcomed but leave behind a trail of broken hearts in their wake when the inevitable thirst for adventure takes them. 

 

 

 

 

Wielding wind instruments, these musicians are highly intellegent and disciplined, characteristics needed to control the flighty air creatures they summon. Because of the whimsical nature of the air creatures, who love to play pranks and spy on people, these musicians are often viewed with suspicion and fear.


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phantom…an unlikely player in an unlikely sport

in the tradition of “blood bowl”, we were to design a participant for a game of monster rugby, we had five teams of scaries to choose from – aliens, clowns, magicians, cyclops and demons – i chose clowns because they are menacing yet melancholic, with painted faces and elaborate costumes that disguise their passions, their pain, i thought of circus clowns, which led me to cirque du soleil with their acrobatics and theatrical flair, which led me to carnivals and masquerades, and i realised that i had found my character…

…i realised that a doublet, with its puffy sleeves and ruffled collar, coupled with loose breeches, looked remarkably like a traditional clown’s outfit. replacing the hose and boots with the long socks and shoes that rugby players wear, as well as using the rugby colours of blue and yellow, the costume was still in keeping with the masquerade theme, yet managing to look sportive as well…

…the plain mask that adorns his face replaces the painted visage of a clown, making him appear more remote and secretive, only the two drops of tears hinting at the emotions hidden beneath. in one hand, he lightly grasps a tragedy half mask, deeply etched in sorrow, the comedy half of the theatrical masks nowhere to be seen. in the other hand, he holds a riding crop (to match the doublet and breeches) but with its end curved like a hook. this prop reveals his position on the rugby team, identifying him as a hooker…pls keep your mind out of the gutter, it’s a real position 🙂

here’s the character background that i came up with:

An ex-Olympics gymnast haunted by the memories of a horrific accident, the Phantom turns to blood sport in an attempt to soothe the stirring beast within. His years of athletic training allows him to slip behind enemy defences undetected and steal the ball without anyone being the wiser. Always poised and graceful, he is largely untouched by the sea of violence surrounding him.