Umbran Studies Round 2!

Having recently kicked off their new Umbran Studies series, PlatinumGames have returned with a second instalment, which contains a lot of character design art for Bayonetta and Viola. The blog is the work of Mari Shimazaki, the art director behind Bayonetta 3. In the blog, Shimazaki provides plenty of insight into the design choices behind the characters of Bayonetta 3 and there’s even video that demonstrates the final character models.

Below we have rounded everything up:

Shimazaki on Redesigning Bayonetta, Again:

“In Bayonetta 2, we did a full makeover of Bayonetta’s attire to bring out her unique characteristics even further. We didn’t stop there, however. As you can see, we decided to give her another makeover for Bayonetta 3!”

Shimazaki on Bayonetta’s Casual Attire:

“With Bayonetta’s looks, she can wear just about anything and still look beautiful, but this casual look feels really fresh and brings out Bayonetta’s flair in a new way.”

Shimazaki on Creating Viola:

“She is a bit different to Bayonetta, however, we wanted to make Viola just as characteristic and unique! That’s how we ended up with the Viola you can see below.

Source: PlatinumGames

By Jack Longman

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