Character Design: Chell from the Portal games

A crackling voice rouses the young woman and brings her back to consciousness. The environment comes into focus, fading in from black. To Chell’s surprise, the simple, tidy hotel room, which had been the last thing she saw before she closed her eyes, had corroded to a shocking state. She looks around. The walls are stained and peeling. The relaxing painting is askew on the wall. The (albeit fake) window is dark and coated in grime. Chell takes a few wobbling steps as she regains control of her faculties. She approaches the glass, where the reflection of her own gaze catches her attention. Yes, the changes around her are shocking, but as she stares at her own visage, her heart lightens with the single spot of hope: in the time she was suspended in a stasis sleep, somebody had taken the time to carefully apply eyeliner, to slather her face with a coating of the perfect shade of foundation, so that her skin was smooth and even and utterly immaculate, even after she had been asleep for 9, 9, 9, 9, 9—hey WAIT a second!!

 

(Left: Chell from the first Portal game. Right: Chell from… the second Portal game??)

I’m going to be talking about Chell from the Portal games, and comparing the design decisions that resulted in changes to her face from the first game to the second game. Beep boop, mild spoiler alert!

Q

Anonymous asked:

Um. I'm kind of shy, and I saw your post. I wasn't sure if I was doing the same thing as 'advertising' - not removing sources you understand, but I often reblog all sorts of things for artistic merit, and make small notes of what I like about them, or reblog them tagged as certain kinds references or inspiration. Is that wrong?

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Ahh, so you mean that you see a picture you like, you don’t remove original comments or sources, and comment on what you like about the picture and take note of the different aspects that interest you. If I’m understanding correctly, then it’s definitely fine! You aren’t erasing the artist’s original thoughts/sources, and keeping the conversation relevant! Plus it seems that you’re learning from others’ art and references too, which is GREAT. And in terms of tags, the general population doesn’t see those anyway, so it’s fine if you tag it in order to sort it within your own blog (and sometimes people ramble in tags and go off-topic, but the point is that they don’t use the actual COMMENT space to talk and wind up detracting from the art). Don’t worry, you’re fine. I’m really glad you asked about it, thank you for your concern. Sorry if I came off as being harsh (I was pretty annoyed to say the least), but again, thanks for writing in! Keep on learning and arting :)

TF2 character design: Medic

kai-ni:

jessiedoodles:

The one guy in TF2 whose primary job isn’t murder, yet sure loves to partake in it both while assisting his teammates on the battlefield and in his own spare time.

LET’S TALK ABOUT HIS FACE.

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I LOVE EVERY ONE OF THESE and this is such a great exercise for an artist and I’m going to start doing it to improve myself, even if it’s only in my head.

I’m really glad you like them!! It definitely was an AMAZING exercise and I highly recommend it. Start with your favorite series and compare those characters to each other! I’d also definitely suggest writing it out, too, only because for me, writing it out and SEEING the traits I was listing allowed me to really see larger connections within the design choices (for instance, with Heavy I always knew “oh yeah, he’s a big guy”. But only when I started writing about /why/ he was big, what specific traits of his body lead him to look big, I could see things I never even noticed before when I had just been thinking about it). I definitely suggest trying to write it out!

Today in the store, I heard a woman scolding her children because they had to stay by the cart, and of course my train of thought went “stay by the cart” > the cart in tf2 > TF2! > Medic chaperoning his darling children~
Below that are doodles because I eventually wanna to do a little comic with Engie. Today in the store, I heard a woman scolding her children because they had to stay by the cart, and of course my train of thought went “stay by the cart” > the cart in tf2 > TF2! > Medic chaperoning his darling children~
Below that are doodles because I eventually wanna to do a little comic with Engie.

Today in the store, I heard a woman scolding her children because they had to stay by the cart, and of course my train of thought went “stay by the cart” > the cart in tf2 > TF2! > Medic chaperoning his darling children~

Below that are doodles because I eventually wanna to do a little comic with Engie.

Doodling heads may or may not be my favorite thing ever  v u v  *ahem* next time I’ll draw whole bodies…

Q

Anonymous asked:

What is your weirdest trait and how you discovered it?

A

sugarspicenotallnice:

jessiedoodles:

Literally nothing is coming to mind except that I can make a 3 leaf clover with my tongue. It’s both my weirdest trait and my greatest skill.

….. I kinda want to see that

It may be my greatest skill, but it doesn’t look particularly interesting. ON THE OTHER HAND I used that thing to pick my way through all the locks in the maximumest security prison, located in the base of the Grand Canyon. ALL the locks. Mostly to escape. Some just for fun. Just because I could. Then I fought the boss battle with no potions.

#1 (myself) at left: my “how the heck to I draw myself” face. #3 (myself as a kid) at right: based on a photo of myself at age 4 or 5 with my sister/cousins in one of those “make a silly face” pictures. Apparently I decided to just lean in and make a screaming face.
#20-what’s in my bag: a literal rainbow of crap
Somebody else also asked for 5, and I think I’ll save it for tonight if I’m not too lazy > w >;;; #1 (myself) at left: my “how the heck to I draw myself” face. #3 (myself as a kid) at right: based on a photo of myself at age 4 or 5 with my sister/cousins in one of those “make a silly face” pictures. Apparently I decided to just lean in and make a screaming face.
#20-what’s in my bag: a literal rainbow of crap
Somebody else also asked for 5, and I think I’ll save it for tonight if I’m not too lazy > w >;;; #1 (myself) at left: my “how the heck to I draw myself” face. #3 (myself as a kid) at right: based on a photo of myself at age 4 or 5 with my sister/cousins in one of those “make a silly face” pictures. Apparently I decided to just lean in and make a screaming face.
#20-what’s in my bag: a literal rainbow of crap
Somebody else also asked for 5, and I think I’ll save it for tonight if I’m not too lazy > w >;;;

#1 (myself) at left: my “how the heck to I draw myself” face. #3 (myself as a kid) at right: based on a photo of myself at age 4 or 5 with my sister/cousins in one of those “make a silly face” pictures. Apparently I decided to just lean in and make a screaming face.

#20-what’s in my bag: a literal rainbow of crap

Somebody else also asked for 5, and I think I’ll save it for tonight if I’m not too lazy > w >;;;

Q

frequenter-of-the-wilderness asked:

17 ! I feel hungry.

A

image

I lubs me some pamcakes~

Q

Anonymous asked:

What is your weirdest trait and how you discovered it?

A

Literally nothing is coming to mind except that I can make a 3 leaf clover with my tongue. It’s both my weirdest trait and my greatest skill.

DRAW IT!

cutencreatures:

frommemetoyou:

Send me a number and I’ll draw;

  1. A portrait of myself
  2. Myself in an alternate universe
  3. Myself as a child
  4. Myself in 10 years
  5. A comic of my day so far
  6. A portrait of you
  7. A picture of both of us
  8. My favourite character
  9. My least favourite character
  10. My favourite animal
  11. My favourite pokemon
  12. Flowers!
  13. My dream home
  14. My dream cake
  15. My dream car
  16. My dream partner
  17. My favourite meal
  18. What I usually wear
  19. What I would love to wear
  20. What I have in my bag

Cuz I feel like drawin

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queenofyears:

I’ll answer all questions that come in my ask box!

(via pugletto)

Medic as the Team Dad, though~ Medic as the Team Dad, though~ Medic as the Team Dad, though~

TF2 character design: reflecting after the fact

In my intro write-up, I mentioned that I wanted to discuss the character designs of Team Fortress 2 as an exercise to strengthen my own skills in terms of evaluating design, and creating my own characters.
 

Q

Anonymous asked:

Do you animate these characters your self?

A

I’m not super sure what you mean! If you mean the Team Fortress 2 characters I’ve been posting about, then no (BUT DO I EVER WISH). I’m just a fan of the game/universe in general. I explain why I decided to do writeups in this “intro” post but it boils down to “This is an exercise to strengthen my skills and also it’s super fun”. Any observations are ones I’ve made myself in the past several days while closely studying the characters; it’s how I show my geeky artist love! I hope you enjoyed it :)

….If that isn’t what you meant by your question then I’m sorry, please clarify in another message ^^;;;;;

TF2 character design: Heavy

A character whose name REALLY reflects his body type.

He’s got a big, wide head, yet some surprisingly little facial features. The ears are small relative to the head, and his nose has a short, blunt curve of a bridge. The relatively little features help make his head look even bigger in comparison, without having to amp up the size of his actual head.