Big Ol’ Toaster Head

ku model sheet

© Little Dog Comics 2015

If you saw the last post you may have noticed that Kid Universal looks a little different than how I’ve drawn him in the past. Most notably he’s got a big ol’ toaster head and a tiny body. When you design a character it takes a while to figure out the finer points of a character’s personality. Even harder, how to show that through a drawing.

I think of Kid as being like a child, 8-10 years old, full of energy and ceaseless wonder. Looking over my work I managed to capture that feeling only a few times. That is until I started playing around with his shapes and proportions. I came up with a design that is similar to what’s featured in this post. It had more energy than my previous design and making him shorter allows for more visual variance when he’s next to Louis Coulon, and comedic possibilities. Think of how Laurel and Hardy played off of their physical differences in their comedy.

After settling on a design made this model sheet to help me stay consistent when drawing Kid Universal in the future.

Tonal Study

ku tone study 001

I’ve been reworking some Kid Universal pages so that the artwork is more in line with the aesthetic I want for Little Dog Comics.  The final pages will be done in ink wash with digital colors. Before moving on to the wash stage of the drawing I needed to get a handle on the tonal values. I made a copy of the pages (this is a double page spread) and did a value study in pencil. This process adds a lot of extra work but it helps me be more confident on the final page. Hopefully after a few more pages I won’t need to do this anymore.

Out of Time: An 80’s and 90’s Cartoon Show


Next weekend I’ll be participating in a show at a local gallery organized by Jon Sanchez, Jeremy Montoya and Jonathan Perea. Here’s what they have to say about it on the event’s Facebook page.

Please join us for “Out of Time: an 80’s and 90’s Cartoon Art Show”. Over 25 local artists are coming together to show artwork inspired by cartoons from their childhoods. Come to the opening night event on Friday the 13th… the artwork is sure to sell quickly! There will be food, drinks and DJ Cali 5 spinning all music from the 80’s and 90’s!

I believe that the number of artists has increased to 40 since they created the event page.

This is my piece. It features characters from a show I’m not afraid to admit I enjoy, the Powerpuff Girls! I’m working on pallet restraint so I only used the four colors shown in the picture. Initially, I only wanted to use two (ultramarine and burnt sienna) but then I wouldn’t have been able to make a green for Buttercup or a purple for Fuzzy Lumpkins. I think painting would have looked nice with such a restricted pallet but each of these characters are known for their color. I added yellow ochre mix with ultramarine for green and alizarin crimson for purple. To achieve color harmony each color is actually a mixture of three colors. For example I made a skin tone from alizarin crimson and yellow ochre. For shadows on the skin tones I added a little ultramarine. For purple I used alizarin crimson, ultramarine and burnt sienna for highlights. Since each color is made from a similar recipe they all seem to go well together. Just a little color theory for you in case you were interested.

Back to the show, If you’re in Albuquerque I hope you stop by. It opens March 13th at the Downtown Contemporary Gallery on 4th and Central and runs through the end of the month.