My initial attempts at character concepts for Runepaw were too complex for a pre-school tv show. So did a lot of research on current pre-school kids tv shows and viking culture, then mixed the two together in sketchbook development.
Going on from these sketches I began experimenting with colour and creating more refined characters.
Simple shapes. Which eyes work best?
How these characters move and what makes them interesting.
I did not include many weapons as it was a kids' show. Instead I tried to encapture the excitement of adventure from the vikings.
I was thinking a lot about how these characters might be animated. I like a lot the shows done using CelAction and I think this style would work well using that method.