My piece actually includes four characters (kismet...) so I am hoping to feature one in each of the four panels. The idea, as it currently stands, would be to marry the pieces through setting, style, texture and color scheme. (For example, I hope to give the final piece a sort of 'paper cut out' look but with a cartoon-ish and chromatic vibrance.)
I intend to have a running "set" as a continuous background while each of the characters will be featured in a way that possibly (hopefully...) previews their role in the short piece.
And a late addition... incomprehensible notes about what Im doing from my sketchbook:
Further amendments/super additions:
I didn't really write much above about the origin of the short or the actual plot. The piece will consist of a pair of inexperienced hunters sitting beneath some sort of rocky overhang (it was originally going to be raining) in a state of utter misery while waiting for their first chance to shoot an epic buck. The two ultimately take a series of wild pot shots at an unfortunate squirrel, annihilate a large section of forest (a la the original Predator) only to find that they've mistaken their target and missed just about everything they were aiming at anyway. The piece ends with a pan above their heads (to the top of the overhang) where a trophy buck has been watching their missteps the whole way.
The piece is based off a story my dad told me about himself and his best friend the first time they went hunting some 30 or more years ago. I have taken a GREAT deal of liberties with the original tale.
Here are some concept sketches for the characters, I like where I've taken the "fat guy", but still have some work to do on ol' slim:
This last one is a sketch of how I envision the first project for this class, the landscape broken down into four panels each featuring a character: