This is the first from a series of blog updates where we’ll take you through the early stages of character design and visual development for The Golden Apple animated series. Read on if you want to see what Vihra looked like in the beginning :-)
The following sketches are from the first few months of development, the so called “blue sky” stage where various different ideas were considered. At this point Vihra was a bit older and the style of the show was yet to be determined.
Antonia Doncheva’s sketches were among several early designs we considered for Vihra.
We knew right from the start that Vihra would have a cloud instead of hair. While looking for the right direction for the design, we also decided she should be younger.
The design team went through lots of ideas until we finally had the Vihra we wanted. The final version is 14-year-old Vihra. Her design was created by Svetla Radivoeva, who also helped develop the visual style of the whole show, along with the female costumes.
We were curios to see what Vihra would look like with different hairstyles… Some were pretty funky :-)
We also tried versions with or without a fringe. Well… we decided against the fringe, plus Vihra didn’t quite like it herself.
(These were slightly older versions of Vihra’s design (not finalised), hence her different expression)
Another important decision we had to make was about the style and colour of Vihra’s accessories.
And in the end… you know that ‘cool’ look she has here? (designed in December 2013)
It all started with this (initially sketched in August 2013)
Watch this space for our next Behind the Scenes updates!