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cat parachutist

 

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In my original Kid Universal story you may remember that there was a band of parachuting cats. Now that I’m reworking that story I thought it would be a good idea to work up some designs for each cat as well as a back story for them. It may not all end up in this story but may find its way into a future one.

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.

Concept Art

concept artI wish I could start posting pages from Kid Universal and A Cupcake to Die For but I can’t until I finish a good back log of pages. However, I think it’s safe to share some of the concept art I’ve done without giving away any spoilers. Please excuse the poor image quality. These were shot from my phone out of my sketch book and hastily assembled in Photoshop. My main tools were brush, ink, 0.5 micron pen, and Copic markers.

The guy in the top left is actually a real person who lived from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. If you can tell me his real name e-mail your answer to littledogcomics@gmail.com. The first person with the correct answer will win a sketch card featuring this character.