Character Development

Looking at Illustrators I had decided to develop my characters by using pencil. Influences from Mike kerr and his wife.

Here are examples of character developments for The Wind in the Willow ;

Character development for Toad;

Development of the main character Toad;

Second stage

Bringing characters to life with the use of  pencil. Shading is used to give the characters a 3D effect.

Here is Toad;

Here is Ratty;

Here is Mole;

Here is Badger;

Through my research I had found that most of the children Illustration books. Illustrators create friendly characters for children. So this will be easily for children to like the charaters more and may end up drawing them themselves.

For the next stage I created 10 scenes  for The Wind in the Willow story board.

  1. Mole meets Ratty
  2. Toad crashes cars
  3. Mole and Ratty travel to meet Badger in a boat
  4. Toad being told off by Badger
  5. Toad is not sorry for his actions, while Badger telling him off
  6. Mole and Ratty lock Toad in his room
  7. Toad escapes through the window
  8. Toad gets into trouble for driving and crashing someone else’s car, again and ends up  in jail.
  9. Toad escapes from prison by train.
  10. Toad’s house has been taken over by intruders.

Below; are the 1o drawings of the 10 parts of the story I highlight.

These rough sketches are done by pencil

Next Stage I will create four of the ten scenes I had drawn from above.

The four scenes I am going to create will include;

  • Toad thinking about driving while being told off by Badger
  • Mole and Ratty taking Toad to the room
  • Toad locked up in jail
  • Toad crashing his car

The four drawings are done by pencil. I had chosen to use pencil because it is easy to add shading and very easy to rub out mistakes. The results turned out very well.


Above; A drawing of Toad in his Car driving very fast (lifting off the ground)

Above; Pencil drawing of Mole and ratty taking Toad to his room

Bamboo Template for MAC experimentation

I decided to experiment with other technology to see what results I could get. The positive side it is easy to get use o drawing on the template and see my drawing come onto the screen. The negative point was that it took abit of time in getting used to the sensitive pen and the template.

Below are the results;

Adobe Illustrator

I used Adobe Illustor to create my characters. Throughout this experimentation it seemed like my characters seemed friendly and loving. I had experimented with different colours with the four different characters.

Below are the results;

Toad Development in Adobe illustrator;

Mole Development in Adobe illustrator;

Ratty Development in Adobe illustrator;

Badger Development in Adobe illustrator;

Through my experimentation with the three different ways in character development. I had chosen to develop drawings by pencil first than scan the image into Adobe Illustrator and then I will add colour and text to the image. I found it particularly easier using pencil rather than the Bamboo templet.

Practicing drawing on the Bamboo template below;

More toad development on Adobe Illustrator below;

Toad crashing into the tree and flying out off the car

Development of colours.

Started off by using the Bamboo templet to create Toad, secondly adding the lighter green first and than the darker green with a lighter brush.

Below: Here is one of my first designs, Toad thinking about driving.

I still need to work on Typeography that would work with my drawing (top right)

“Toad thinking about driving”

Below; Is my second  image of Toad driving.

This image was originally drawn by pencil and than scanned into Adobe illustrator to add colour.

“Toad driving”

Third image below; This image was first drawn by pencil and than scanned into Adobe illustrator to add colour.

“Mole and Ratty taking Toad to the room”

Forth image below;Created by using Bamboo template

“Toad in jail”

Fifth Image below; Created by using Bamboo template

“Toad crashes his car”

The Fonts that I found suitable for children is a Font called ‘pencil Pete’. The style is child like writing and the words are clear and easy to read.

This style of font was found through my research. A book called ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.

This font was downloaded from

Below are the Pencil Pete fonts and sentences written;

The style of font I decided to use for the  cover of The Wind in the Willows. Through my experimentation with part 1, where I experimentation with a Japanese brush with ink.

I decided to use the Japanese brush because the words worked well with the brush. As if the writing was blown by the wind and the effects of the brush worked really well.

Below are the experimentation with the Japanese brush;

Center Alignment with the text and than the image below;

Right Alignment for the text and the image to the right;

Right Alignment with text and image center lined

Combination of Text and image.

The text worked really well with the image because both are easy on the eyes and soft and friendly to read.

Overall this project development as turned out very well and shows clearly how my development for the characters evolved. Also shows the three different style of character creations. I particularly enjoyed this assignment as this involved drawing as well as using a computer to develop my final designs.


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