General Description:

This concept is a character design for a blqcksheep. It's an animal with the body of a young black panther, and the curly wool of a black sheep. It's eyes are mature and aware. It's mouth is not visible, and around it's face is a mane of curly hair that looks like cloudy waves. 

Major Style Refrence:

Yoshida Hiroshi & Keving Hong


1.Visual Description w/ Annotated References

 

Shape: Young Black Panther, with a mane like clouds.                                                                                              

The general shape of the body is just like that of a young black panther. The face retaining the general shape of the first reference, but a little rounder, cuter life the second refrence. Around it's face is a curly mane like the third reference. 

 Ref 1a: Just like this but without the tail.

Ref 1a: Just like this but without the tail.

 Ref 1b: here I like how the fill is COMPLETELY black but that the texture of it's fur is CONVEYED through the contour lines. 

Ref 1b: here I like how the fill is COMPLETELY black but that the texture of it's fur is CONVEYED through the contour lines. 

 Ref 1c: Like this but the mane should go all around the face.

Ref 1c: Like this but the mane should go all around the face.

 

 

Line: Wool like Wavy Clouds                                                                                                                            

Throughout the body and around the face, the lines are curly like the wool of a sheep, soft and wavy, and a little cloud like. For the most part like the first reference below, but leaning towards the cloud shape of the second reference. 

 REf 2a: This is the style that I"m looking for. But Simplified and rounder.

REf 2a: This is the style that I"m looking for. But Simplified and rounder.

 REf 2b

REf 2b

 

 

Expression: The lord in a Childs' Eyes                                                                                                                     

The expression here is mostly conveyed through the eyes, and they should be wide like a child, but shaped with an expression that is serious. Very mature, like it's aware of the world and taking it in with skeptical eyes. The shape and size and expression in the first reference is what i'm generally going for. But the twinkle and the maturity in the second is what I'm leaning towards. 

 REf 2b ... or is not 2b

REf 2b ... or is not 2b

 Ref 3b

Ref 3b

 

 


2. Feeling: Youth. Mystery. Beauty

The feeling I'm going for is first Youth. Then it's like hypnotic desire to explore the dark spaces of yourself, and eventually to find the beauty of your individuality. 

 HYpnotic Call for Self Discovery.

HYpnotic Call for Self Discovery.

 THe feeling of exploring your imagination. 

THe feeling of exploring your imagination. 


3. Narrative: 

A curly haired blqcksheep is sitting still dreaming of the spaces within, it hasn't spoken it's dreams into being but the rhythm of it's imagination are written in the curls that flow from it's face down into it's body. It's eyes are awake with an inward intesity, searching for itself within itself. Only the feet are wholly earthbound. The rest of it is in the cloudy spaces of deep imagination, and the danger of being lost in that chasm. But even blqcksheep long for light and soon it will bring the colored light of it's own being into the brilliance of reality. 

 

4. Meaning:

This Design is about creation and discovering your individuality.  At one level the Blqcksheep itself is like the hypnotic call for deep introspection, then the call to create. But it's also an analog for an individual themselves, looking with youthful serious eyes into their ideas about the world, what resonates with them. Then combining those ideas into the seed of something new that reflects them.