After getting the first draft of the animatic done the time has come for figuring out and developing the characters, as the one's used in the animatic were only temporary.
I (Samantha) started with the king himself as in my opinion he's the most challenging and also a leading character, which means he deserves a lot of time and attention.
The theory behind the king is that he's the entity and somehow a personification of the forest, or it's rotting and decaying part rather. He's also an elf, more or less; he definitely posseses few of elvish values which makes him even tricker to design.
The influence map has been done some time ago but it's still up-to-date.
INITIAL SKETCHES & FIGURING OUT BODY SHAPES:
The body of the king had to look royal yet slender at the same time. In few different sketches I tried different body shapes and the ones that looked the most promising had been taken into further development.
DIFFERENT FACES & CROWNS:
As the term "forest" is really broad, designing the crown was quite tricky. The amount of possibilities was quite overhelming; looking through branches and mushroom to flowers, horns and rocks.
FINAL DESIGN (1):
For now the drawing below can be considered as the final design (however still a draft..in a weird way of saying "final design draft"). Me and PG both agreed that his face and the crown could actually remain in this state, however the outfit is yet to be discussed.