The Design Wizard
The first character to be worked up was the 'Design Wizard'. This was to set a precedent for the rest of the project. There was no gender set for each character to begin with, so I came up with a few male and female concepts. This was a good exercise as it helped set a style for the next characters to come.
The challenge of this brief was to walk the line between a real 'designer', and fictional 'wizard' character, making sure that the hybrid between the two was clear, but not overly exaggerated.
My approach was to pick out elements from each archetype, and see how they could be used together.
Wizard Elements Examples:
Pipe, pet / nature, beard, cloak, hat, book, satchel, etc.
Designer Elements Examples:
Coffee, hoodie / jacket, skinny jeans, chuck taylors, glasses, tech, beard, hipster, etc.
Some elements like 'hats' and 'beards' overlapped, so it was just a matter of combining the items I thought most relevant to each character type and seeing how they worked together.
A few of the 'designer' related props were inspired by my fellow creatives as well as some of my personal traits, whilst the wizarding ones came from traditional wizard characters and Harry Potter.
Initial Character Concepts