Silhouetting is one of the main design principles I tried to follow in all my Occuclaytions' drawings. This principle states that if an image is blacked out, the character should still be readable. According to the Society of Visual Storytelling, the silhouette should emphasize shape and clarity, while also distinguishing a character's unique features.
I happened to catch a shadow of my film director mid-sculpt. This allowed me to check my progress against the silhouette principle. To my delight, he was entirely distinguishable in shadow form.
Clarity of design is critical in character identity. I intend to run this simple shadow test on all forthcoming sculptures to insure the highest level of readability.
Up next: a tommy gun toting varmint!