Your art is so good! I love you choices of colour and all the details you put in your work. I find that your characters' concepts are especially really interesting and dynamic! I was wondering, what process do you usually go through when creating one?
Thank you, darling! I’m glad you like my characters.
Usually I start with a basic idea for a character in my head, probably from the result of daydreaming. Then as time goes on I find things in the world that inspire and remind me of the character (people, images, movies) and I take note. After that I usually start with a preliminary sketch to get a feel for what the character might look like, throw out a lot of thumbnail figure sketches to get the body shape and clothes design, and then do final drawings. Here’s an example of the process of designing Moira from Moira’s Box:
So is Moira's box a web comic you could read somewhere?
Moira’s Box is a storybook I’m working on about a friendship between a girl and a ghost boy, and the mystery surrounding his death. There’s going to be a 5-page interactive illustration released soon (for free~), with a simplified version of the first chapter.
I just stumbled upon your blog and man oh man, inspiring stuff. Any tips to a person who just realized they want to be a free lance illustrator/ concept artist/ character designer? I've always loved thinking of characters and design fascinating landscapes, what element do you enjoy the most?
I really enjoy character the most. You can put character in absolutely everything, not just people. Even objects can have unique character. Anything an illustrator can design can have personality, humor, quirks, etc. It’s such fun! My highest recommendation for any inspiring artist is to go to art school, especially one that offers an accredited major for illustration. There is a lot more to illustration that just what one sees and is inspired from. There’s hundred’s of years of discovery, technique and practice that can be used to make successful illustrations. It is really worth learning about.
That’s it for the Ask Brunhilde questions! Thank you everyone who sent in asks. I drew answers to any questions where I could visualize a response, but all the questions were lovely! To answer a few of the others.
1. The flames of Brunhilde’s desires are blue, because that is her favourite color. 2. Brunhilde lives by herself in a studio apartment above a bakery. She used to live with her family before being turned into a fire demon, but she accidentally burned the house down and went to live by herself to avoid inadvertently hurting her family members. 3. The lemon is not for sale~ 4. Brunhilde loves making friends! 5. Brunhilde sets things on fire by accident constantly.
For Brunhilde: Has she ever accidentally turned the tub's tap on while she's sleeping? u v u Or is just not connected to any pipes? (also she is super cute, gosh. ; u ;)
Thank you! :) Also someone else asked if she slept in the water or not. She does! She sleeps in a bathtub cause she may randomly catch fire during the night, and with the water, it’s automatically put out! If she slept in a bed and it caught fire… well, that would be problematic.