In any animation pipeline, we always have the need to cook up characters for a short film, supported MDA and Singapore Film Commission. This unnamed bear character, is one of the more recent ones we are working on.
These are actually very small sketches, no more than 3cm tall per bear. The reason for the small size is to help lay out a good silhouette and not to concentrate too much on the details. These small quick drawings also help out in getting the feel and weight of the character, which comes in very handy when animating later.
Once we nailed down a few designs, then a larger and more detailed version is produced from the chosen designs and then refined to the final design to be used in the animation. At the same time, its also a great time to have fun when fleshing out characters!