Story of choice: Momotaro the Peach Boy
Momotaro is the story of a boy born from a peach who leaves his adopted parents to go fight demons along with his friends: a dog, a bird, and a monkey.
My original designs had the monkey portrayed as very playful, whilst the dog & crane more laid back and reserved. The girl was supposed to be rather elegant with flowing robes and beautiful accessories. In my revised designs, the dog became more of a playful character, in addition to the monkey. My original designs were too complex and complicated for 2D animation, so for my revised designs I had to simply a lot while keeping 2D animation in mind. Between both drafts, I eliminated a lot of “difficult to animate” features like feathers, fluff, eyelashes, etc. In my revised designs I kept it very simple while still trying to tie-in aspects from my original designs. What was easy to animate in both designs was the overall outline, or shape, of the characters, but I ran into a little bit of a challenge when it came to fine details such as the crane’s feathers or the monkey’s fluffy hair near the arms and head.