Sunday, 21 February 2016

Adaptation B: Character features

Because I have two ideas that I like, I've tried to imagine what could be used as characters and possible traits and features to associate with them. 

Star Constellations 

For the constellations I looked at the mythology behind them as well as looking at their shape. From this I thought about possible traits or features.

Andromeda (The Princess) - Andromeda is represented in the sky as the figure of a woman with her arms outstretched and chained at the wrists.
Features/Traits: Noble, Humble

Cassiopeia (The Queen) - Although she was placed in the heavens by Neptune, the sea-god saw fit to humiliate her one final time (and for all eternity). He placed her so that she is seated on her throne, with her head pointing towards the North Star Polaris. In this position, she spends half of every night upside-down.
Features/Traits: Firm, Graceful

Cepheus (The King) - Cepheus is generally represented as a robed king with a crown of stars, standing with his left foot planted over the pole and his sceptre extended towards his queen.
Features/Traits: Strong, Fearless

Cetus (The Whale) - More frequently, though, Cetus is represented as a whale, which implies no connection to the Andromeda myth--though it certainly is possible that the ancients perceived whales as monstrous creatures. Either way, the constellation is appropriately a large one, and is relegated to the southern sky--far from Andromeda, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, and Perseus.
Features/Traits: Large, Monstrous

Cygnus (The Swan) - Cygnus is easily found in the summer sky. Also called the Northern Cross because of its characteristic shape, its brightest star is Deneb, which is part of the Summer Triangle with Vega and Altair.
Features/Traits: Elegant, Pure

Orion (The Hunter) - He is generally shown as a hunter attacking a bull with an upraised club, and is easily recognizable by his bright belt of three stars.
Features/Traits: Protective, Courageous 

Taurus (The Bull) - The constellation Taurus consists of only the head and shoulders of the snowy white bull. The representation in the stars seems to show a raging bull, however, always about to plunge into Orion, which doesn't seem to reflect the gentle, seductive bull in Ovid's telling of the story.
Features/Traits: Hostile, Strong

Corvus (The Raven) - It represents the crow (or raven), the sacred bird of the god Apollo.
Features/Traits: Intelligent, Dark

Lyra (The Harp) - Lyra constellation represents the lyre of Orpheus, the Greek poet and musician who died at the hands of the Bacchantes
Features/Traits: Beautiful, Soft

Sagittarius (The archer) - Sagittarius constellation represents a centaur aiming an arrow toward Antares, the bright star that marks the scorpion’s heart.
Features/Traits: Practical, Graceful

Vulpecula (The Little Fox) - It represents a little fox holding a goose in its jaws.
Features/Traits: Curious, Sneaky

Volans (The Flying fish) - It represents a flying fish; its name is a shortened form of its original name, Piscis Volans.
Features/Traits: Happy, adaptable

Recyclable materials 

I also looked at how these materials were made and their properties to find possible features of traits.

Paper: Made from Wood Pulp. Can be folded, scrunched up or torn. Can be textured and colourful. Used for writing, printing and packaging. 
Features/Traits:  Adaptable, Conscientious, Reliable

Glass: Made from heating sand and other minerals. Normally transparent but can be colourful. The thicker it is, the stronger it is. Used for windows, glasses and bottles.
Features/Traits: Emotional, Honest, Sharp

Metal: Made froms rocks and ores. Strong, hard and shiny. Can be made into shapes without it breaking. Used for saucepans and coins.
Features/Traits: Strong, Shiny, Hardheaded

Plastic: Made from chemicals. Strong and waterproof. Can change shape using heat. Used to make bags and bottles.
Features/Traits: Fiery, Manipulative, Fake

In terms of exploring these as characters I have discovered that the Recyclable materials could give me more to work from.

Paper is reliable and organised, fitting into a nerd stereotype. Glass is transparent, their feelings are obvious and their honesty could come across as sharp. Metal is Strong, charming and believes they are correct. Plastic shows a fake personality and can change at will, they manipulate others to get what they want.

In terms of design I'm not sure where I want to go with it yet but I'm going to start thumbnailing what I think they may look like. 

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