In the last month I've been working on an exciting project at Snow Castle studios in Oslo. It's a kids franchise that will be released as a game and childrens' book. These are just early teasers, but show somewhat the art direction we're going. We're trying to keep a very consistent style between all the production even though it consists of two different teams. The project is called Aurora and Happi for the moment, but we're trying to come up with a less character specific name so the franchise universe can be expanded in future products.
I already got a ton of these "pencil" sketches and it's a lot of fun shaping a fantastic world. I draw inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, Coraline, Pans Labyrinth and other 'parallel universe' type of tales. However my biggest inspiration for creating these designs is music. Mentally adding an atmosphere and soundtrack to the visuals, really helps creating something that has a certain depth.