We’re getting closer and closer to the premiere of Big Hero 6: The Series. Disney has started to release some fantastic clips and previews of the new series and I could not be more excited. They just recently posted this amazing sneak peak on Youtube and I love it. So I am continuing my countdown to the premiere by featuring some concept art of my favorite member of the team, Honey Lemon. The film’s crew knew from the very beginning that Honey Lemon would be a fashionista, but pinning down her exact fashion sense proved to be a challenge. This piece of character design art by character designer Shiyoon Kim, was part of the artists’ attempts to answer the question of what Honey Lemon’s fashion-sense would be like. It’s a very different look than that of the final character, but I personally love this potential version of Honey Lemon.
Initially, the film’s character designers experimented with a number of very bright and outlandish fashions for Honey Lemon’s street clothes. As I have mentioned before, Shiyoon Kim especially looked towards Japanese culture for inspiration when creating character designs for the film. This concept drawing of his is a great example of this tendency. Here he drew Honey Lemon in an extremely popular form of Japanese street style called Sweet Lolita. It is a form of dressing where girls wear big poofy dresses, lacey socks, and lots of bows. Colours tend to be pastels, especially pink, and clothing often features patterns of items considered “kawaii” or cute, like and flowers. Makeup is bold and hair is generally partially up in big wavy styles, and is usually died blonde. . Honey Lemon’s bright blonde hair was an important feature of the character in the comic books, and reflected her name, but there was much debate over whether or not the animators should keep this feature in their version of the character, who was Latina. This Sweet Lolita Honey Lemon design was one solution of how the blonde hair could be kept while still creating a unique character. Personally I’m a huge fan of Sweet Loita style, so I would have loved if this design had become the final one, but it was eventually rejected
When the design for Honey Lemon’s supersuit was finalized, the character designers decided to try a different approach to her street clothes. Since Honey Lemon’s super hero outfit was such a bright pink and orange, they wanted to make her street clothes slightly more understated in order to contrast. They moved away from the outlandish fashions of Japanese street style to some more simplified, but still trendy designs created by Lorelay Bove. Her clothes in the final film have more of retro ’60s and ’70s style with a heavy emphasis on pink and yellow.. Yet, she still retains a sense of “kawaii”, just look at her phone-case and purse. She also shows off some outlandish fashion sense still in her outrageously high heels. In this wa, the character designers were able to make Honey Lemon a fashionista, while still using clothing to show how she comes into her own as a super hero, just like the other members of the team.
In the end, this Sweet Lolita concept for Honey Lemon did not make it to the final film, but this concept drawing did. If you look closely, you’ll find it on a billboard in San Fransokyo advertising a fashion brand. I hope you enjoyed this brief look at the designing the clothing of the fashionable Honey Lemon’s street. We’re getting closer and closer to the release of Big Hero 6: The Series and we’re to see plenty of other cute outfits on Honey Lemon in the series.