3 Still sketching
A decision is made to go with the stag look. Then various images are created to show the anatomy and discussions are had about how each element could work. Here I concentrate on the head. Colour isn’t an issue at this point, so I opt to create a pencil sketch. It’s painted in Photoshop, with a charcoal brush
I include some atmosphere – something that helps to sell an idea to a client
and a simulation of parchment/ paper as a backdrop, because it looks better than a sterile white. There is now a set of sharp-looking teeth. This isn’t a passive herbivore – the film-makers want a menacing, wild and crazy look. And the antlers/horns to be made of gnarled wood. This is a forest creature, so the client wants this reflected in the design. In the script, the Kirin crashes through the forest, felling trees as he goes, so a sturdy set of horns will do the trick. As we play with ideas, I keep it as a sketch, enough to stimulate discussion, without spending too long on each image.