Open Studio 7/22/2013

What is The Open StudioShawn has been working on some initial character designs for Rapid City: Below Zero.

Claw Hammer

Shawn, I just love this vision of Claw Hammer. I never really pictured him to clearly as I was writing it, but this just nails the character. I can't wait to see what you do with those claws we talked about. -Josh

[I just pictured a man that loves his job. :) The "basher" types always seem to enjoy cutting loose, and I just picture this dude wearing armor/padding so he can move, and looking like he's having fun destroying people/things.]

Funny. That is almost the opposite of who Claw Hammer is in this story. Of all of the villains, he is the one who can see that what they are doing is wrong. He is the only one who feels some remorse over what they are doing, but he feels trapped in the life he has made. What you have drawn here is YOUNG Claw Hammer. Back when he did enjoy it. -Josh


Coil is looking great. Maybe thicken up his neck pieces a bit. Also, lots of thin wires squirming around might look good. But, also, be hard to draw. -Josh

[He might be the most fun character to draw in this. The wires are gonna suck. :D ]


And Icicle! She is looking great. Her face is looking too cute. She should be pretty, but not cute. Not to be too cliche, but she should be thin-lipped and icy. She should look like a girl who would have been quite pretty, but has spent just a few too many hard years. Not haggard and rough... but certainly with a hard edge. -Josh

[Yeah, just ignore the face. I didn't like how that was turning out, so I'm just gonna flesh out the rest and skip the face on this particular pic. ]