I'm still trying to come up with a strong case to research for my thesis. I talked to one of my instructors about TotemHead and have been mulling over a few ideas since the discussion, but I still haven't found a heading.
Instead what I've come up with is an angle. Kind of like a point of projection for my project to take off from. Like if my project were metaphorically represented by Angry Birds, this part would be the little dotted line that indicates what direction you want to shoot. That angle is character.
I know that I want to study different ways that viewers interact and empathize with characters because I believe that this is a universal way to personalize a story.
Everyone has favorite characters. When I discuss a book or movie with a friend I often find myself ruminating most on character motives rather than specific events. Did character A shoot character B because B was asking for it? Was character A just being a total jerk? I find that even in a story that is hard-written into a book, the answers to these questions differ depending on who is reading them. And that is very interesting! What I'm hoping to accomplish with my thesis in some way (maybe the "way" is the type of bird I'm using in the metaphor) is to develop a framework of how and why different people empathize with different characters.
Maybe it's the way a character is introduced that strikes readers a certain way. Maybe it's the length of a story the reader has known a specific character. Maybe it is entirely to do with a character's attitude, but maybe it has more to do with their circumstances?
Regardless think this is an angle worth exploring at least for the time being.
Oh and here's a caribou that I drew in like December but I just found on my laptop and wanted to share! It's a pretty good detail of what colorization style I want to use for TotemHead. Funky right?