Here you can see the various elements that go towards making up a complete character for Galdo's Gift.
Below is a snapshot image of all the body parts we have created to allow us a huge array of options when creating a character. In fact, these body parts are just for the King's many subjects within the book. We have more parts for the heroes, Galdo himself and others.
t gives us a huge amount of flexibility when creating the characters and, because they are made up of different parts, we can animate them as well.
The more senior among us will remember Ivor the Engine and Captain Pugwash, UK children's TV programmes broadcast in the 70s which used a similar technique albeit never digitised. More recently South Park use paper cutouts and stop motion to create it's manic characters. Our methods are very similar, although we scan all our drawings into the computer and colour, light and animate them digitally.
Our original inspiration were things such as the miniature paper theatres of the Victorian era which recreated scenes from the stage. We had moved on from this influence but with recent developments in Galdo's Gift, it's working it's way back into the story again.