Hello friends and enemies!
Today I'm very excited to finally announce some overdue updates to a project that I started late last year called "Gorillax". For those that are unaware, Gorillax is a sticker project I developed with Yui for the app, LINE. If you would like to get your hands on the first season of stickers, you can visit the app store here.
In my original batch of stickers, I drew BB(gorilla) and Erik(penguin) in story driven beats that were tonally specific to a certain type of mood. Through those moods, users may find individual stickers applicable to certain occasions; an emotional response to their companion's correspondence. In hindsight however, I think that design approach may have been a mistake, because those certain occasions don't happen with enough frequency to warrant the use of the stickers. Since I was new to drawing stickers, I don't think I was entirely used to designing with the psychology of the user experience in mind. So, upon the development of the next batch, I changed my design strategy.
Before and during the development of these sketches I browsed the sticker shop to see what other artist included in there packets and immediately noticed a pattern. Most, if not all, stickers used the same gestures and situational dialogue to convey a very basic emotional reply. While I may have been conscious of this during my original conception process, I decided to go a more creative route, which, unfortunately led to more vague stickers. In response I designed a batch of stickers that is more direct and poignant in its messaging.
Obviously, its a safe bet to utilize the foundations of what has been successful with other stickers in the past. So, as I returned to designing from that perspective, I think the creativeness of the character itself would be the determining factor in its success. That said, I still like my story beat ideas and will include them sparingly throughout various packets as auxiliary stickers in the future. I think it would be a great opportunity to fill out the small universe I've created for these characters as they continue their adventures. Look for to more updates on my blog and brand new instagram, in the coming weeks.
What do you guys think? Do you use LINE? What kind of situational story situations would you like to see BB and Erik in? Leave your comments down below! And don't forget to like and share this post~
Until next time,