At the moment I'm designing my own version of the character of Pinocchio.
As some of you may know, I'm currently studying Digital Games at the Cologne Game Lab. One of our courses allows us to create a concept for a character or environment, while getting feedback by our peers and professor.
I chose the theme of "Pinocchio", as I'm thinking of maybe going into making books or apps for children later. And I also want to learn more about making my own characters.
The idea I'm currently exploring for "Pinocchio" is making him look like one of the chestnut figures children make.
So one of the first things I did next to collecting inspiration and doing studies was creating some chestnut figures myself.
I think having a chestnut figure as character in a story could give children some interesting connection and it also fits with the original story, which is about a piece of pine coming to life. For my character, it is a pinecone!
Right now I'm looking at ways to make the chestnut figure look more like a 4 year old boy, so the children viewing the final image, can better identify with it. Here is one of my quick sketches I did in the train.
I'm also thinking of giving the character a little piece of red yarn to wear as scarf, to make it more easily recognizable.
So far this project has been really fun, I hope to show my drawings to some children at some point and see what they think of it :)