Lean into your own preferences and insights to find a personal message that will resonate with the world.
Streamline your research and design process, identify resources, and curate your concepts to clarify your direction
Use psychology archetypes to identify metaphors and motifs that transform your personal theme into an immersive original designed reality that will resonate with your audience.
Starting with an original concept drawn from your own life we will use Dan Harmon's Story Circle (based on the Hero’s Journey), to focus your loose ideas into a simple plot and character arc, exploring your first impressions of the tone and mood of your tale. This will help as you create a breakdown of characters, settings, and props with the potential to amplify your concept. Using Enneagram as a guide, we will refine your character’s thematic motivations and relationship with their world.
Moving onto the next phase, we will explore how to use style to capture and express your theme. This is where I will guide you through research techniques to help you clarify your vision. We’ll look at art history, fashion history, current creators, and conceptual inspiration. You’ll create research boards, and style tests that explore a chosen character and environment from your breakdown. This will help you create a basic style guide to inform and streamline your designs moving forward.
With a clear intention motivating your characters and world, we can now explore design. Costume is a great way to test both character personality and world design in one stroke. So, in this phase, we will develop costume concepts for background cast and major character to test your art direction and inspire story details. Here I’ll also demonstrate how you can use Myers Briggs personality types for quick iterations or adding more depth to your characters. Depending on your previous experience with character design you can either use croquis or create your own character designs to dress. We will also dive deeper into 3 main characters, and explore story moments that test how we can use poses, color, and lighting to emphasize your characters emotional evolution.