Step 1 - Design a Character
Quickly I drew out the basics of a character. Fat body, tail, stripes... I was going for a cat. Here's how the character developed:
I usually run through several options before finding something that I like. In this situation, I was battling the clock so my amendments were fast and furious!
Step 2 - Add Variations
Next, I decided to make a few characters by tweaking the faces. Pinky cat is very jolly, but ol' bluey is feeling gloomy. Why? Who knows. There's a story behind this design; a story for another day perhaps. Greeny is undecided.
Step 3 - Make a Repeat
I opted for a repeating pattern with this design since I could toss the characters around quite freely. This was a very quick layout since my time limit was about to expire!! I liked the shapes that the tails made weaving around in the repeat.
And there we have it. Day One - Tumbling Cats.