Manolin – the protagonist
For the 3d animated short Fish for Life Lisa Mona did the character design of the protagonist Manolin.
His colors are a dark turquoise and a dull yellow. Turquoise is the color of perseverance and concentrated tension. It stands for independence, independence and self-assertion, but also for selfishness and idealism. The color depicts Manolin’s distance from his fellow human beings – he is independent of the compassion of others and carries a feeling of emptiness. Yellow stands for an alert mind, for a lightness that is already dulled in Manolin. The color indicates a willingness to change. Connected with yellow is the new, the modern, the future. Stranded, the color yellow outweighs, as he loses his hat like rubber boots in the storm.
The fishing boat once belonged to Sondre, Manolin’s father. Since then it has already been restored many times. The boat is old but in good condition. Its controllers are already outdated, but Manolin is comfortable with it and does not want to use newer technologies.
The character of the boat reflects the nature of the protagonist. With its bright yellow roof, it not only stands out from the water, but already announces a promising turn in Manolins history. On the roof is an anemometer, which, in combination with the hygrometer in the control cabin, promises storms.
The Fish Creature
The fish is young, strong, tall, unfamiliar and exotic. The creature represents a mixture of whale and shark. It can stand up with the wisdom of an old man. Its eyes are wise and clever. The color of the creature design symbolizes the passive, feminine, cool and a noble character.
The fish is a metaphor for the unplanned and unconsciousness. It shows you your inner silence.