For this next assignment we will be learning how to use the pen tool to create original artwork.
To start off, I want to say that this project was one of the most fun ones I’ve done so far! I enjoyed the vision of the character that I had, and seeing him come into design. This one was just a joy to work on.
Our task this time was to design, from scratch, an original character to be created using the pen tool. We also needed to create a background, and a backstory. My character is named the Wout, and his story is a unique and interesting one. Before launching into his story, a bit about the process. The pen tool can be a hard one to master, and I struggle with it still, but even so, I think I know how to use it well. The biggest difficulty was the Wout’s right hand (left on image, hanging down). I struggled with accurately drawing it (even using a device called a Wacom tablet, where I can draw on the desk to move the mouse). I even asked a friend, Lila, for help, and she couldn’t do it either. My solution was to place my hand on the tablet and trace it, like the turkey paper cutouts that students made in third grade. So, without further ado, the Wout!
The Wout was not meant to be. His origin story is one of chance. Not too long ago, a student was messing around on Photoshop, having completed their assignments. This student was attempting to merge together three characters that should never be bound: Mike Wazowski, from Monsters, Inc.; B. O. B., featured in Monsters Vs. Aliens; and the 122nd Pokemon, Mr. Mime. However, the IT tech for the school was out sick for the past week when the student began this monstrosity. Adobe had released an update for Photoshop, which was quickly installed (Mr. Peregrina made sure it was up to date), but there was a bug in the update, which could crash the computer. Windows was also releasing new graphics drivers to prepare for the upcoming release of the newest service pack to Windows 7. The Adobe update was installed, but the Windows drivers weren’t, so a catastrophe was bound to happen. The student was laughing to himself and had nearly finished, when BAM! The computer froze up, and the kid was face-to-face with a bright Blue Screen of Death. Hastily rebooting, he waited for the computer to load up. Eventually, it did, and he checked to see if Photoshop’s files were damaged. Everything seemed to be in shape, but there was a new file on his desktop, a corrupt .PSP file entitled “@T#3~W”’0U1.PSP”. Upon opening it, he saw this guy. Young and fresh, he smiled and waved, but the student was frightened by his human-like hand (a trait no doubt from Mr. Mime), and sent him to the Recycle Bin. Now, The Wout roams the Brevard School District file network, rejected and lonely, looking for graphics drivers to steal from newer computers. Save yourself from the grips of the Wout! Update your drivers regularly, and save your work!
(Note: Neither I, the Academy, nor the school district own rights to Monsters Vs. Aliens, Monsters, Inc., or the Pokemon series of video games. They belong to Dreamworks, Pixar, and GameFreak, respectively. The story was written after design of the Wout character, and the three characters were not designed to mimic any of the three. Resemblance is purely coincidental, and the characters are referenced for comic effect.)