This whole concept started while thinking about the personification of my fears and struggles.
One thing that has always been constant in my life is pain.
As I always spend long hours and days sitting in a chair, I have had back pains, hand pains, neck pains, you name it. Nothing serious, but mostly constant. While exercising and working out the pain goes away, though.
Nevertheless, I wanted to make a creature based on this experience with pain.
The first sketch of such idea came while at the studio. I wanted to make a female creature (because pain in portuguese is a female noun) and to make it distorted to symbolize the back pain.
Last year I did a 10 month character design course through ICS and the amazing Paulo Ignez, a really talented artist. We needed to make a project in which we were going to test our skills. I then chose my Queen of Pain.
These are some of the sketches I did to research for the final design.