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Vera by NMartinez Vera by NMartinez
A preliminary character turnaround for a Computer Animation assignment.

I actually wanted to do a gangster/femme fatale character for quite a while, and this was a cool opportunity to do so, especially when working with Maya soon.

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"VERA"
Age:26
Gender: Female
Height: 6' / 1.83m
Weight: 165 lbs. / 74.84 kg

Originally from Germany, she always had a reputation of being mischievous, spritely, and very temperamental. Her earliest crimes included stealing small objects which drove people crazy. Her parents were a father who worked in a factory and a mother who was a housemaid. They were hardly in contact with Vera, whom she felt disconnected with her. She immigrated to America at age 7, once again gaining more notoriety at school and on the streets. She bullied her schoolmates into respecting her after being made fun of for her then-thick German accent and mannerisms. At 18, she sought out the mob and quickly became a notorious hench-woman and criminal in her own, and since became respected and feared within the underworld. She separated herself from her parents once her business became more apparent. 

Vera is an upbeat and excitable girl. She gets pretty talkative when feeling casual, but when angered, she can get quite destructive. Her anger is one of the reasons for even her boss's intimidation of her. Her loyalty goes out to her bosses whom she feels are her father figures, and sees to it that the job is done quickly and efficiently. She often works alone and gets really impatient in group of people, especially when being told what to do by other people. She is quite cunning when solving problems, and enjoys carrying out murder plots. Weapons such as Tommy guns are her forte, and she keeps a switchblade in her garter for emergencies. However, her main weakness is her vision is solely through her left eye while the right permanently hides behind her bangs. She never even takes off her hat in public. Her short temper will get in the way of her biggest goals, often causing small setbacks in her work. Despite the culture shock from her youth, she is still proud to be German, and holds on to various mementos such as old records, German literature, a handmade dirndl, and her prized antique beer stein which she never drinks from.

LIKES: Jokes, weapons, pastries (particularly cream puffs), alcohol, fast car rides, dancing, swing music, her German roots and mementos.

DISLIKES: The Law, rival femme fatales, taking orders from non-employers, taking her hat off in public, disorder, being called a Nazi since she’s German and bombastic.

Vera (C) :iconnmartinez:

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X-RayLawnmower Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a fool for not commenting on this sooner but this is your finest character design yet and I really enjoy her Character Bio. :D
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NMartinez Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot. :)
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Ric-M Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Interesting character and backstory you've got for her!

I really like how seductive she looks in the front view, and the profile view is such a tease.

However, as others have already pointed out, there are just some minor inconsistencies with how she's modeled in each pose. Particularly I'm noticing how her legs in the 3/4 view seem a bit thin compared to the front and back views. Same with the profile. The height relations seem to match though. But I do like how you add some slight variations to the pose of each view, it certainly makes it more interesting to look at but just make sure you don't lose consistency while doing so.

Overall good job, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of Vera in the future!
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NMartinez Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot! :)

Like I said, I plan to translate her in CG just to see how it goes. There will definitely be more drawings as well.
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NMartinez Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'll definitely keep in mind the consistency of the proportions at different angles, but still have a looseness and inventiveness to the individual poses. I'll even work on the foot positions a bit.

And I was looking at Living Lines Library, and many of the model sheets have a 3/4 back as well as the FULL back. I'll try that out in the future. livlily.blogspot.com/2010/11/i…

Thanks so much for the feedback.
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47ness Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, to be fair, she *does* look like she could be a villain in a Indiana Jones or Bond film, regardless of party affiliation. ;P

I like the first two poses; really get her character across. The side and back poses are a little off though; I think her hips (okay, her bum) in the side view is too small in relation to the other angles. Her back pose feels a bit unbalanced. (if you study some professional character sheets, what they'll usually do is angle their character a bit so it's mostly the back but the hair isn't quite blocking everything.)
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NMartinez Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'll definitely keep in mind the consistency of the proportions at different angles, but still have a looseness and inventiveness to the individual poses. I'll even work on the foot positions a bit.

And I was looking at Living Lines Library, and many of the model sheets have a 3/4 back as well as the FULL back. I'll try that out in the future. livlily.blogspot.com/2010/11/i…

Thanks so much for the feedback.
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47ness Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing! :iconbiggrinplz:
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice design!
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NMartinez Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. :)
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