Hosting with Character

I hosted a “Christmas in July” Party the other night, and went all-in with the food. There were traditional Christmas deserts but I took a spin on some things since we were in the heat of summer. I often see place cards at buffets and such, so I decided to take my own spin on place cards.

My goal: Fun and Witty Characters that portrayed each food item in style. Some characters are a play on words, and some are all about their expression!

These were super fun to make and experiment with Character design! So much can be conveyed by a raised eyebrow, arm position and ever posture of a character. And the place cards were a hit at the party!

We’re your Friends

These minor characters make a big scene in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Their appearance and personality are hard to forget!
I chose the sketch these characters because I am trying to get away from the orthogonal drafting that I do in architecture. I want to keep my pencil looser and be able to sketch expressive characters!

Few lines, Big Expression

It’s incredible how a few sketched lines and illustrate powerful emotions. I took two iconic scenes from the Disney movies Pinocchio and Tangled, and generated a quick sketch that used minimal unfinished lines to illustrate the emotions in each scene. In Pinocchio, Gepetto and Pinocchio are trying to escape the Whale and fear and adrenaline and desperation fill the scene. In contrast, the love scene in Tangled shows Flynn and Rapunzel surrounded by the floating lanterns, filled with awe, wonder, joy and the beginnings of love.

I’m working on illustrating expression and emotions through my sketches. Sometimes the free form of the lines are more successful than the rigid and lengthy sketch studies, so I did these very quickly and made myself stop before going into the minute details.