Sharik

I followed Jenny Harder's course on Character Design and followed the steps here. I learned a lot from it, and definitely recommend checking it out: https://www.artstation.com/learning/courses/pDK/designing-characters-with-personality-and-expression/chapters/9r6/introduction

For my first try, I got the challenge to make a Russian Proletarian from the Soviet era. I immediately thought of Sharik, the stray dog protagonist from Heart of a dog.

I added most of the steps like explained in Jenny's course, apart from the repetitive ones and the moodboards, because intellectual property rights scare me.

Final-ish render.

Final-ish render.

Final sketch, expressions and poses. I liked the sitting pose a lot because he looks so cute and sad, but it's not very dynamic so I picked the running one for th final render.

Final sketch, expressions and poses. I liked the sitting pose a lot because he looks so cute and sad, but it's not very dynamic so I picked the running one for th final render.

Details study. In the end I decided not to make the patters too heavy, just some stripes on the pants and shirt.

Details study. In the end I decided not to make the patters too heavy, just some stripes on the pants and shirt.

Colour study. This was HARD.

Colour study. This was HARD.

Sketches, from the body base to the final line art.

Sketches, from the body base to the final line art.