Samstag, 10. Dezember 2011

Character sheet #1

This is only more or less a collection of doodles, I made last night in Painter X

Some of the character designs or pretty much all of them are pretty rough. This has much reasons.

1. It's the first time after a long hiatus I drawed this chracters.

2. I am still not as good in sketching with Painter X as I am with traditional pencil and paper.

3. I have not really decided yet, if I want to go with a much more realistic style.And I want to redesign a lot of characters. My style has changed over the years.

But here we go with whith the known characters from the novel by Gaston Leroux. And my additional characters.

From left to right, upper row:

Raoul de Chagny: The viscount de Chagny is in love with singer Christine Daaé, who he already met as a boy, when he saved her scarf from the sea. At this time father Daaé was still living and told the two children stories from the north and about the angel of music. Raoul is described in the novel in a pretty androgynus way. Blonde hair, small mustache, almost the face of a young woman. I'll try to stick close to the description. And he is a mopey lovesick stalker. But I consider this behaviour pretty normal, regarding his young age. Erik, who behaves in a similar way, is much more creepy.

Louise Manot (Luna):  Luna is my own character, I put into the story. I have alread told a bit about her in this entry. Because she is a female character, this makes her one of the more complicated characters. Mary Sue alarm. So if you point out, that she is a Mary Sue, I am pretty okay with it, because I think, every fictional has something mary sueish or gary stueish going on. The difference is only, how clever they are written.

Christine Daaé: Singer at the Opera house. After her education at the academy she undergoes futher schooling through her angel of music. Yeah, she believes in angels, who speak to her through her mirror in her wardrobe. On the other hand, she wouldn't even today considered to be odd. Just look, how many angel channelers and angel believers still exists today. And Christine is only about 18 to 20 years old. I think, the real odd part is her foster mum Mamma Valerius. This person is so naive, you really rub your head over her.

Lower row from left to right:

The Phantom of the Opera and Cesar the horse: The Phantom of the Opera, Angel of Music or simply Erik. I gave in this sketch Erik the black mask and added Cesar, the horse. In one scene of the novel Erik steals one of the opera's staff horses the white gelding Cesar, who is refered as the Gray of the Prophet. The Opera's barn manager describes how a shadow jumped on the horse and went off with it. I drawed Erik raising his hand in a way like: "You have seen nothing, got it?!"

The Persian or just Daroga: He roams the Opera house a the beginning of the novel in a pretty similar way like Erik. So some of the staff think, he is the Phantom of the Opera in a different appearence. He knows Erik from the not so rosy Rosy Hours of Mazendran, were Erik killed off some people who were sentenced to death. He saved Erik from a similar fate and organized his escape from Persia. The Daroga was something like a police chief in Persia. So he was part of the regime under the shah. That's one of the reasons, why I never fully got his moral ramblings: Hey! You were also part of this regime!! So shut it and put your morals a bit aside. And on the other hand, maybe he would have got some more information out of Erik, when he wouldn't have got his moral ramblings and yelled at Erik. It wasn't really psychologically smart. The Daroga refered himself as a friend of Erik. I never had the feeling, that this was really the case. It was more like admiration and disgust the same time, what the Daroga felt for Erik. And this not really a base for something like a friendship. And as Leroux described in his foreword, that the Daroga was already very ill and had trouble to remember the story. So I have no reason, to believe everything, that is written from the point of view of the Daroga in the story.

Armand de Chatée Roge:  This is another character by myself. He is the manager of the Opera house prior to Debienne and Poligny. After he quit this job, he stays at the Opera house as a conductor. He is a former Opera singer, which may be a bit odd, because of his noble ancestry. But the house of Chatée Roge is one of the minor noble houses. And to be true, Armand don't give a crap about it. He stumbles more by accident into the happenings around the Phantom of the Opera. He knows the spooky stories about the Phantom. But who the hell believes really in ghosts besides some ballett rats, when they had a bit too much liqueur?!

A random Ballett rat.

Ramon de Chatée Roge: Ramon is the twin brother of Armand. Well, he is some sort of Don Juan. For real. He loves the women. Okay, he is a married man... But it is not an odd thing to have mistress. He is a pretty self centered character. When I have to portray him as an animal, I would choose an andalusian stallion. One of his quotes could be: "If I wouldn't exist already, somebody should invent me." Well, you are welcome, dude. A little side note: His character was the base for the character development of Nikolaj, a darkelven shaman from my second comic project Darkelven Tales.

And here is the musical support for this character sheet:

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