So. Yesterday I opened my little sketchbook to do a drawing or a sketch or something and immediately decided to design a new character. I didn’t know what it was going to be or be for exactly, but what the hell, right? I decided to do a badger, since I’d done a little badger stuff previously:
So in the space of about ten minutes, or one Power Puff Girl cartoon, I penned out this page of rough character designs:
As you can see, I somehow got fixated on this mouth-type and pretty much used that as the starting point for his character/design. I still like the idea of the robot badger, but I’m not sure it’ll go anywhere else. After letting the sketches ferment for awhile I did an actual pencil-first version of this guy and inked it up:
But still he didn’t/doesn’t have a name or a purpose. One thought was that he is perhaps a Tintin-esque reporter who travels around getting into adventures, where nobody ever notices or comments on the fact that he’s a badger. He doesn’t seem like much of a talker, though, so I’m not sure this would work. Maybe he’s an unwanted visitor milling around a place while everyone reacts with horror and disgust? I thought about putting him in a world with the Bopes I’d been playing with from a few posts ago, but I think that their style and his don’t really gel, they’d spend too much time fighting over who didn’t belong aesthetically. A roommate said that she thought he was a panda, so this morning over coffee I did this drawing, to differentiate him from a panda:
And my immediate thought was, “what a perfect sidekick!” I’m still playing some with his design, he’s cross-eyed here, but that’s the sort of thing that won’t get settled until I know what he’s going to be. I’m simply not sure how expressive I want him to be capable of being, something that will both be determined by his end run usage, and inform it.
That’s been my last twelve hours in a nutshell, or at least some 30-45 minutes of the last twelve hours for me. I decided this morning to put this up here as a place to maybe consolidate my thoughts as well as to give anyone interested a little picture of the thought process that I’ve been going through. I usually do this the opposite way and design a character around the needs of the story I’ve already created, but my hope here was have something that I could maybe drop in and out of other things. I’ve been feeling a need to expand my cast recently, so this is probably a byproduct of that. Of course, we may never see him again as he’s relegated to the land of wind and ghosts with a million other drawings of mine, but it’s still, I hope, an interesting process.