The briefing for character introduced us the new 10 week project requiring us the design and develop 3 character archetypes (a hero, a villain, and a sidekick) with a mash up of themes. We are required to document our design process before gathering it within a fully realized character bible at a presentation standard. The narrative for this project would be derived from two genres and a narrative theme. My allocated subjects are Elder God and Fairy-tale, with supporting theme of Reunion. My first step into organising my project was initially researching into the definitions of my themes to allow my creativity to take over.
Elder God - Elder Gods are believed to have been race of gods overthrown by a present race of younger gods. This was commonly a mythic theme in the ancient Near East, and in Indo-European mythologies of the Greeks, Ancient Germans as well as others. A good example of these relate to the Greek deities, such as the Titanomachy.
Fairy-Tale – A type of short story that typically features fantasy characters (usually from folklore) such s fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants mermaids of gnomes, and usually incorporates some sort of magic or enchantment. Many fairy tales have been distinguished from other folk narratives such as legend and myths, as well as morality tales and beast fables.
Reunion – An instance of two or more people coming together after a long separation or a social gathering attended by members of a certain group of people who haven’t seen each other for a long time.
On top of the briefing, we were also tasked with developing a singular character based on another mash-up of words and an archetype. I was required to develop a hero character within the boundaries of a Steam-punk Superhero.
The concept came from an idea of having the character as an over sized and exaggerated suit of armor which the hero would climb into. The design was noted to be slightly more comical than heroic and would possibly suit the archetype of a sidekick instead due to his rotund nature and bandy legs.