Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Introducing the Characters - Brizzle Batterfang a.k.a. “Fang”

Abrasive, tough, pull-no-punches. Fang is a tomboy mechanic who helps keep the ship and the show together – a Ms. Fixit both literally and figuratively.

Her formal name is made up of two great old English words: Brizzle, which means to scorch, and Batterfang, which means to beat and bite. However, she goes by Fang.

 I wanted Fang small but tough – kind of a cross between a Chihuahua and a piranha – a “Chiranha” if you will. Here’s how the sketches started.

The trouble with these? The uniform was making her look too militaristic. She resembled a galactic conqueror more than a rough-edged good guy.

So I took the head covering off and played with the position of the ears. Her trademark fang moved around some too. 

 This is the sketch I’m using to build the puppet. The animation designs will come after the puppet is built.

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