Warm up sketches exploring shape and construction possibilities, created in Procreate

Before the character from Lilli was an adorable knitted doll, she was a lonesome voodoo doll searching for its heart on the streets of New Orleans. My task as character designer was to come up with possibilities for how this scrappy, handmade little creature might look. My team wanted the character to be spooky yet appealing and needed it to be able to walk and crawl. Ultimately, the design was never realized in 3D form as my team went in another direction, but these early explorations still taught us a lot about fabric doll construction and the story we wanted to tell.

New designs created after receiving teammates' feedback on warm up sketches above

Further refined designs based on teammates' feedback

Doll costume possibilities with surfacing reference