Redesigning a design

This course has made me understand the importance of planning and developing concepts. When I have designed characters, I normally improvise as I know what kind of style I am looking for. I was wrong. Through this blog, I want to spend the time analysing one fantastic block buster that was released in 2011. That film is The adventures of TinTin.

Now, I am not saying that the TinTin movie was iconic, but the characters are. These characters have been around for generations. The reason I want to discuss and deconstruct the TinTin film is because our assignment is to recreate a myth or novel. This is essentially what they have done with the Tin Tin films. I will discuss the concept but throughout the blog I may drift off to other fields.

Redesigning an iconic character can be tough as you have a set of fans that will judge the work you produce. The concept artist deconstruct the original drawing of Tin Tin, picking up key features such as the ruby red cheeks, the strawberry blonde hair with cow lick and the ocean blue sweater.
(Insert old tin tin drawings)

implementing these key features meant the character design was on the right track, but now it meant they had to redesign the style and look. Instead of using flat, bland, boring colours like the original comic characters, they have gave these characters life by making them semi realistic looking. I think they achieved wonderful results with their adaptations of the characters, using their own style while sticking to the original style as much as they could. They used reference from the comics and developed such believable characters. Haddock is an impressive design, how throughout the film you can see his anger through his expressions. This was something they couldn’t achieve as well due to the lower detail in the comics.

Once they nailed the style and look of the adaptation, they moved onto the environments. What they did with the process was truly amazing as they used the old comic book environments and covers as references and they painted a replica of the covers but using the style they wanted. The concept gives you a better feel for the mood and scene due to the fact that they added shadows and lighting, which was unfortunately not used in the original comics.

How I have taken what I have learnt from this movie and used it into my work is that I am recreating characters from Alice in wonderland but I am sticking strictly to the details that were key features of the characters. I am trying my best to stay true to the story without copying any other adaptations. Weta did a fantastic job when producing Tin Tin that they focused a lot of their time perfecting that character concept and environments in order to get the right look and not to upset any fans. If i can take anything away from what I have learnt from the concepts in this film, it would be that taking time in designing concepts is a important process towards achieving the perfect look and character.

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Guise, C. (2011). The art of the adventures of TinTin (p. 195). New York: Harper Design.


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