Evan Cheng, character designer for Sesame Workshop, explains how a daily drawing practice and an alter ego helped him evolve his artwork and his career.
(bouncy music) - [Evan Cheng] I have a satisfaction of finding the proper line. That line that feels right. As I work through a negative emotion, it was being counteracted with a positive satisfaction. But whenever I kind of explore these feelings, these moments in time, I try to be in that character and figure out what can push it, what little details can lend and push the feeling. 30's actually shaped what I do on a daily basis.
Taking Sesame characters and incorporating something that inspired me that morning. When I used to watch Saturday morning cartoons, I just enjoyed the shapes and the movements and how they captured emotion. For me to keep it simple and still keep the character there and bring emotions out of minimal details, I enjoy that challenge. I try to capture that life that animation has, but in still form.