I was feeling unsure about continuing the animatic with such weak character design, so I popped these out this evening during a nice thunderstorm. I’m very pleased with the girl character, who I’ve dubbed Kim, in honor of Sterling’s working student rider. They’ve formed a great partnership quickly, and he loves that she takes him over the big jumps!
Despite being happy with this female character, sterling could still use some work. I was referecing some animation of Maximus the horse and Spirit the stallion, but I’m waiting for the sketches to evolve into a shape that is all “Sterling.” His striking long lean physique is absent here, and I need to work more to capture that.