First traces on paper...
June in the stream
Well, hello everyone, today I wanted to share with you our dear June’s early stages.
Once upon a time there was June...
It all began with this little silhouette. A child, fragile but brave, shy but curious, distracted but agile. The truth is, I don’t know where she came from, but all I know is that I wanted to create an inspiring heroin, who would speak to the child within us and spark a sense of curiosity. June loves the unknown, sleeves rolled up, octopus best friend in hand, she is ready for the adventure.
June and octopus
I am a huge fan of Chinese opera characters and their costumes. I spend a lot of time going through drawings of them. These are a few references that inspired me to think about June’s accessories. I was really intrigued by the coloured orbs around the characters’ faces. I like to imagine that they are precious memories or attributes that people keep close to them.
I thought it would be cool if June had special powers, so I came up with the idea of power holders. These could have been given to her by a chinese opera character or an almighty guardian. Her octopus sidekick would act both as a backpack and as the trusted keeper of these special orbs.
In the early stages, I thought June could have white hair and a red outfit with yellow and green highlights, with pom-pom boots to echo the orbs.