Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HISTORICAL LADIES.

Joan.


For Character Development, we had to design a toy and then an illustration for the packaging. I'm not sure how this happened, but I started drawing a semi-futuristic Joan of Arc action figure. This is what would go on the packaging. The drawings I did for the toy design aren't particularly interesting, as it's just a really bored-looking Joan of Arc.

I suppose it could be considered an elaboration on my Joan of Arc from last year's Narrative Illustration course, if only because of the hairstyle similarity, but this time, it isn't a direct illustration of the historical figure. I tried to merge the intricate layering of armor with robotic construction, resulting in a kind of, sort of android-y thing (she's supposed to be all machine from the neck down). This hides a lot of the joints and articulations in the toy. She also has a reconstructed, bionic eye (I guess) and can produce fire from her hands (just the character, not the toy itself, even though that'd be totally awesome). I feel like I blacked out for part of this because I'm looking at the finished piece and I don't know how I came up with it. I also scribbled down a note that her head can detach to be a flash drive, because I really like those fancy, designer thumb drives and I thought this would be a kind of hilarious exaggeration. Her bionic eye could flicker when the flash drive is working.

... Again, I must have blacked out, because I don't know what the hell I'm talking about.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving, people. I need to get some rest.

ETA: Also, also... this from Ken Plume.

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