Congratulations to our 2015 APW Character Design Contest winner Eric Chartrand-McCue! Eric is a high school student at Penetanguishene Secondary School and lives on Christian Island, Ontario, Canada. Our special guest judge Saud Boksmati looked at all of the entries and chose Eric's otter/humanoid character to win first prize - free tuition for the 2015/2016 session of the Animation Portfolio Workshop.
1. What influenced your character design idea? Firstly, I decided to do an otter because my clan is the otter. I didn't want to do a normal otter either so I made him into a humanoid. Secondly, his personality was loosely based off mine and the personality of those in the otter clan, as the clan is known to be knowledgeable and playful. His background was to be a sad one because I heard a phrase somewhere which I related to and it goes like this, "The most kindest people are usually the ones with the saddest pasts." - or something like that. 2. Do you have a favorite animator or artist? My favourite manga artist is Eiichiro Oda. I find that his art is versatile and more unique than the mainstream manga art style. 3. What is your favorite animated film? I like "One Piece" as an animated television and manga series but if I were to pick a movie, it would probably be "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" or "Akira." 4. Describe your dream job. My dream job is to become a manga artist. To draw and write a visual story for people to enjoy. To toil long hours, at least 22 hours a day, and just draw. That's the job Oda works at and I seek to make manga like him.