Saturday, 14 February 2009

The Spirit in the Bottle Character Designs

The Spirit in the Bottle is a fairytale about a Woodsman who saves all his money and puts his son through school, but before his education is finished the money runs out. The son borrows an axe from the neighbours and joins his father to earn more money, while the father is resting the son finds a bottle in the forest. He opened it, and a spirit sprang out and declared she would break his neck. The son said first he had to see that the spirit really came out of the bottle so the spirit went back in to show him, and the son closed the bottle again. The spirit begged him and offered to make him rich. The son thought it was worth a risk and he opened it. The spirit gave him a bandage that would cure all wounds and a stick that would turn iron to silver. He tried the bandage by cutting a tree and using it, and it worked. He turned the axe to silver, and it bent on a tree. He persuaded his father to come home with him, because he did not know the way, and sold the silver for far more money than was needed to repay the neighbour for the axe. He went back to school and became a famous doctor. I wanted the father to be a bit of a bruiser as I would imagine you would want to be tough enough to do the job but I did not want him to look mean. I made the son a falconer to elude to the boy being sent to Saudi Arabia to be educated to be a doctor as surgery was developed to a high degree in the Arab world. I want the spirit to look vicious as she does threatens to snap the boys neck. I hope you like them.


ZaR said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement, your pencil drawings are amazing! They translate really well in color too... awesome work!

Owen Flanagan said...

Thanks for the comment Zaruhi and stopping bye.