Character Design: Charon
Charon is a former prince of Arcardia who now owns the great job of ferrying the souls of the dead across the River Styx down to their new home, the underworld. He himself is neither dead nor alive. He’s something in between without any chance to escape from his situation. Beyond that he’s inconceivably old, has no joy at all and he surely is a pretty cynical and unpleasant person.
Current character design of Charon (2009)
I’d like to share those two pictures with you because they perfectly illustrates a process. The drawing above shows the current design after I had thought a lot how I’d love the puppet to be like. Although this is just a rough drawing and not the very last version of Charon, you’ll get a clear idea of him.
The one below shows my first ideas of the puppet when I had started thinking about it two years ago. Plenty of things had happen inbetween – my trips to Bristol and Vienna, for example – and somehow I was bold enough to overcome my wish for realistic puppets and to go for something more stylistic.
Former character design of Charon (2007)
I was totally surprised when I compared the drawings for the first time. But to me, the general idea of the character still is the same no matter how different they seem to be at the first glance. Somehow the new Charon is much more precise. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts within the comments!