ParaNorman (2012) - Character Design

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Pencil character drawings by Heidi Smith
Early Norman concepts (2008) by Guy Davis
Early Norman concepts




Christmas morning, a young Norman with his zombie toy by Heidi Smith
Norman in the woods by Heidi Smith
This is one of the first sketches I did for Norman's character.  His design was 
inspired by my former CalArts instructor Norman Klein. - Heidi Smith
Norman turnaround by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
Norman facial expressions by Pete Oswald
by Pete Oswald

Young Norman with his grandma
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
My inspiration for Mr. Prenderghast's character was Tevye from the film 
Fiddler on the Roof. Here is my initial sketch for him. - Heidi Smith
Here is a finished drawing I made for Mr. Prenderghast.  The medium I used was charcoal 
and pastel.  When I was drawing this I imagined him at night, standing in the dark, only 
the cigar illuminating his face, I wanted him to have a ghostly essence. - Heidi Smith
This was basically the final look for Mr. Prenderghast. 
The directors wanted him to look like a hobo! - Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
Here are the sketches I made for Neil's ghost dog Bob. - Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
A beaver concept by Heidi Smith that was used as the logo for Mr. Prenderghast's hat.
Character development for school play scene by Edward Juan
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
Daniel Day Lewis by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
Here are some of the early concept sketches for the 
look of the puritans and the zombies by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Deanna Marsigliese
Early concepts (2008) by Guy Davis
by Guy Davis
by Guy Davis
by Guy Davis
by Guy Davis
by Guy Davis
by Guy Davis
by Guy Davis
by Guy Davis
Pitch poster concept (2008) by Guy Davis
Here are the sketches that were used for the more final look of the puritans and zombies. 
Sketch of living Judge Hopkins in a cloak.by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
Judge Hopkins with cloak open by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
Judge Hopkins head sketch by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
Judge Hopkins zombie concepts by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
Hungry zombie concept by Heidi Smith (?)
The James Dean and Humphrey Bogart inspired ghost by Heidi Smith
The Hippie ghost by by Heidi Smith
Amelia Earhart ghost by Heidi Smith
Victorian ladies by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
Smoking ghost. I thought it would have been interesting if one of the ghosts 
could have been made up entirely of smoke from a pipe. - Heidi Smith
Cement shoes by Heidi Smith
The Sea Captain by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
The civil war soldier by Heidi Smith
Civil war soldier turnaround by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
 I did this drawing with charcoal and pastel. It's supposed to be a generic zombie with a generic Norman.   It was used for one of the posters in The Art and Making of ParaNorman. - Heidi Smith
by Chris Butler, Heidi Smith, Trevor Dalmer & Kevin Dart
by Chris Butler & Trevor Dalmer
Ghost heads in the graveyard by Heidi Smith
Scared ghosts by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
Here are the sketches I did for the witch's curse in the sky. - Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
Mildred Prenderghast (Aggie's mother) concept drawing.
Aggie concepts by Heidi Smith
Here are the concept sketches I made for Aggie's  angry spirit.  The first sketch 
is basically  what the directors ended up going with. - Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
I thought it would be interesting if Aggie's hair could be a weapon, 
the hair becomes like zombie hands coming from the grave. - Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by Heidi Smith
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)
by David Vandervoort (design by Heidi Smith)











Facial expressions by David Vandervoort





A final Norman puppet




2 Comments:

Sow Ay said...

Thanks for sharing this !! :)
Really great chara design !

harold said...

Nice work off art

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