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The Cuelebre: Hernan and Cuelebre by RCWikkydArtist The Cuelebre: Hernan and Cuelebre by RCWikkydArtist
Presentation for the Character Design course at CSULB.


I actually think it helped me improve a bit!

We were given a theme for the characters and that theme was Beauty and the Beast. We were to design our own characters based on this theme, so I based my version is based on the Spanish tale of Cuelebre. As it says in the image, a beautiful but vain maiden is cursed and turned into a dragon. Her spell can only be broken by a true knight so brave and pure-hearted he does not fear her and finds her beautiful. In a nutshell, that's all there is to the original tale. I expanded upon it by creating a character who would fit the reverse role of Beauty. I also created animal companions for both. Hernan is aspiring to become a knight and hopes to prove himself to others while Cuelebre hides in the shadows ashamed of her appearance and fearing the world. When their worlds collide, there is conflict at first. Then there is understanding and a change of heart. Finally friendship is fully bloomed with room for love.

Though this is for a class, I do intend to do something with these characters and work more on my version of the Cuelebre story.

[link] Animation

Original images done in pencil and ink, then cleaned up, colored, and arranged in CS5 Photoshop.

The Cuelebre (c) :iconrcwikkydartist:
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Hello RCWikkydArtist!

Member of Team 21 here to give you Feedback within the :iconfeedbackfrenzy: challenge :)

Very nice characters, I like the story you created. Well the story behind the Dragon Lady reminds me a little of 'The beauty and the Beast' but that's OK. It's still a very original design you developed.

I think the two make a very nice couple, I especially like the picture in the middle and the lower right corner :)
The idea with the dress formed by her wings is very nice.

The way you describe the characters you make it very easy for me to imagine the behaviour of them and with the pictures I already have some very interesting szenes in my head.

Looking forward to hopefully see more of them!
Greetings, Selunia
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Awesome Picture ! :D
Keep characters like these up ! :)
RCWikkydArtist Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
You're Very Much Welcome ! :D
JenMapauAnimations Jun 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
jajajajaja I like the one where they are angry with each other XD
RCWikkydArtist Jul 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks, I had fun drawing out their poses!  :)
JenMapauAnimations Jul 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
jaja, that's cool ;D
MistressDizzy Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool. I'd love to see more of this and read your version of the story.
RCWikkydArtist Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
JalessiaJ Oct 2, 2012  Professional Artist
Cute story and characters!
Good job on the poses. Very expressive.
RCWikkydArtist Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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