Mouse Model Created

This is a first pass of the mouse model for our short film.  While thinking about the design for the film, I wanted to keep it pretty simple and graphic with a nice flow through the body and face.  I’m a huge fan of clean design, and had been spending a lot of time watching some old Pink Panther cartoons with the kids, including one of my favorites “Think Pink“.

I love the design of The Little Man. Especially the way the head and body act almost as one.

Pink Panther and The Little Man - sourced from http://www.steadyclappin.com/

Pink Panther and The Little Man – sourced from http://www.steadyclappin.com/

I had a quick chat with character designer and good friend Sheila Bailey  about the design of the mouse, and she quickly sent over a couple of sketches.  One of which absolutely nailed the intent of the mouse, and I quickly got to work modeling a version in Maya.

sheila pencil sketches

Sheila Bailey Mouse Drawings

Early Wireframe

Taking inspiration from Sheila’s drawings I began modeling the mouse and while adding a hint of innocence to his look.  I loved the general shape, but wanted to make him a bit less “sly”.  My wife and I also worked to give him a name.. we couldn’t just keep calling him “The Mouse”, so after much discussion, we ended up with the name Robyn.  The name is multi-layered.. first, it’s the name of her brother.  Second, we think that at some point in the future he will get eaten by a bird.. most likely a Robin.  Third.. it’s just a cute name.

Robyn was modeled in Maya using polygons.  This screenshot is from an earlier work in progress – just trying to get the flow working around the mouth.  It’s pretty low resolution, but in this case, I really wanted to make sure the deformations would stay smooth.

After a little bit more work and a slight expression to show the cuteness, I sent along a 360 render to the team for review.

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