31 October 2011

Rori Wolf Design

Although I spent awhile re-designing Rori's human form, you don't actually see it in the series for awhile - because Rori is trapped in her wolf form. So after solidifying her human illusion, I wanted to put some of her features into the wolf to better connect the two designs. The color palette is the same, also Rori's wolf form is a little smaller now (but still thick). I also tried to make her eyes somewhere in between a real wolf's and her human form's.

For her wolf form, it's important to find the right balance between realism and cartoonish - I want Rori's wolf form to be expressive since that's the form you regularly will see her in. However, she isn't Scooby Doo. She has to keep close enough to a real wolf's proportions that she can be taken seriously.

When she speaks, her mouth doesn't move. I imagine it to be kind of Wolf's Rain-ish in that their expressions match the tone of their voice. If Rori's angry, her voice will sound angry and the wolf will be showing her teeth.

Finally, some of her wolf drawings have the collar and some don't. That's not a mistake. Rori doesn't start off with the collar in the series - she gets it later. How? Well, you'll just have to find out when the time comes.

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