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Yet more Chess sketches
These are more recent, so the faces are more solid.
I forget how much everyone yells in this musical. It’s kind of two hours of everyone saying they hate each other, with brief interludes from arbiters, merchandisers, and embassy members. Why do I like it then? It’s hard to say. Maybe it’s good singers or the character archetypes/dynamics/some artsy nonsense but I enjoy it. 
Hooray for appropriately angry Florence! And Freddie, Svetlana, and Anatoly are coming together!

Yet more Chess sketches

These are more recent, so the faces are more solid.

I forget how much everyone yells in this musical. It’s kind of two hours of everyone saying they hate each other, with brief interludes from arbiters, merchandisers, and embassy members. Why do I like it then? It’s hard to say. Maybe it’s good singers or the character archetypes/dynamics/some artsy nonsense but I enjoy it. 

Hooray for appropriately angry Florence! And Freddie, Svetlana, and Anatoly are coming together!

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The Arbiter sketches

There’s various degrees of stylization I’m trying with the Arbiter. I don’t think it’s imperative that he completely match the rest of the cast, because he has this “above it all” quality. Tough, no nonsense, but with a good sense of humor. He’s either the most sane or the most insane character in the show. 

And his song is jammin’.

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Even more Chess sketches

Falling into the “same face” trap is one of the big things I’m trying to avoid. I finally looked at a little actor reference for Florence and Svetlana and wrote down the differences I saw. No one likes to write a woman as weak (I don’t anyway) but Svetlana has a waif-like quality that comes from all the garbage she’s endured. She’s just kind of sad, tired, and fed up with her whole situation. 

I have to make sure the guys’ designs stay distinct too! It’s tricky working out the details. 

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Florence and Svetlana

The two leading ladies each needed to be their own character. I went from cartoonish extremes to more subtle differences between the two. I’m really liking where the bottom one is going. I’m continuing to incorporate Idina’s wide mouth and strong chin.

Consider this a more liberated, act 2 Florence. And Svetlana doesn’t show up until act 2 anyway. 

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Proto Chess designs
These are some more head shots I did. I was still trying to figure out everyone at this point. I thought throwing some red into Florence’s color palette would break up the black and white thing of Anatoly and Freddie. 
And the Arbiter was the one I had fun with, though I’ve since tweaked it a little. For such a showy character he’s just going to be totally obvious black and white. I even gave him heterochromia because why not, let’s ram it home. 

Proto Chess designs

These are some more head shots I did. I was still trying to figure out everyone at this point. I thought throwing some red into Florence’s color palette would break up the black and white thing of Anatoly and Freddie. 

And the Arbiter was the one I had fun with, though I’ve since tweaked it a little. For such a showy character he’s just going to be totally obvious black and white. I even gave him heterochromia because why not, let’s ram it home. 

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Chess sketches

Here are some older drawings for Chess (in concert) where I was trying to figure out the character designs. I just have audio and vague actor impressions to go by. Florence was giving me trouble - I couldn’t picture her (Idina Menzel’s) voice coming out of any of the faces I was drawing. Then I made the mouth wider and it started working! Idina has a really wide mouth, and the broad spread vowels she makes when she sings give her her particular sound. 

Freddie came together pretty easily, though his face often devolves into lump territory and his hair is something of a hot mess. Just as long as I convey the “jerk face” it works pretty well.

And Anatoly has Josh Groban’s hair, but not his baby face. i wanted to match the maturity of his voice and the story, so he has more severe angles. 

The last image: I picture Freddie slicking his hair back while he’s working at the news station. I’m going to give him a haircut eventually. 

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You know what? I say, if you think something is helping you make progress, it IS helping you make progress. Some people stagnate forever on things and then, when they’re ready to make a move, they have people telling them from all sides that they’re making the wrong move! Or they live in fear of messing up. All that accomplishes is you end up doing nothing. So do something. Anything.