3-2-1 Penguins! Character Designs

As promised, here’s some of the character design sketches I did for last Saturday’s episode of 3-2-1 Penguins!:

(All artwork is © copyright Big Idea. All rights reserved.)


In this episode, the Penguins visited a planet inhabited by lawn flamingos and garden gnomes who were fighting each other for control of the water supply (the episode was about learning to share). These are some early concept sketches I did for the garden gnomes.


This is the final gnome design.


In one scene, the script called for the gnomes to fly around on little motorized garbage can lids. This is what we came up with.


The gnomes were imagined to be tough little guys from the Bronx. By contrast, the flamingos were upper-crust snobs reminiscent of Thurston Howell the Third. This is an early rough concept sketch.


Here’s the final design for the lead Flamingo character. The director didn’t want them to look too much like literal lawn flamingos, he wanted them to somehow look slightly alien. My wife and I were in a garden shop and we saw a goofy looking lawn ornament that had a coiled spring for a neck. So that’s what we settled on.

Tomorrow: Props!


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