How Do You Simplify the Character Design to Work Within the Platform’s Constraints?
Until recently, it was useless to design a game character with flowing clothing or hair. The game platforms simply couldn’t render the character in real time, or the time and cost required to animate the cloth for pre-rendered characters was prohibitive. Simplifying a character design is not really that hard. The main thing to remember is to work from the general to the specific. If you need to simplify a great but very complicated character design, look for the most basic general shapes that make up the character. Use the basic shape that remains as the basis of your simplification process.