Since finishing semester 2 i've been in a hurry to catch up as much as i can with pre- production for Once bitten, so that i can start production as soon as possible.
I had a fairly good idea of what my pup should look like thanks to the work i did with Bimpe at the beginning of semester 2:
But i still had a mother wolf character to lock down- with the wolf pup's design solid i had something to work up from, i also had my main inspiration from secret of the kells as well as Bimpe's concepts for adult wolves.
Not wanting to dally much longer in the designing stages i came up with a design i was happy with using what i already had:
I also made a turnaround for my pup:
I produced character sheets to help me understand the characters in different moods and poses and to give me practise drawing them:
The scale of the wolves is stylized:
I found reference of a real wolf cub with a human for scale as i wasn't sure how big to make the cub in comparison to Anna (turns out wolf pups are pretty big!). I knew i could make him slightly bigger than realistically accurate but needed him to still be cute and un-intimidating. I also want the scale of the mother when the audience and Anna see her in full for the first time, to be a surprise.
I was also inspired to make the mother wolf large and imposing, by the scale of the Dire wolves in Game of Thrones:
However compared to my original storyboard the wolves are scaled DOWN!
While making up my model sheets i played around with some possible colour combinations for my wolves. However i think it might be early to make a final decision here. I am tempted to leave it until i have final footage to comp the characters in to.