Big Ol’ Toaster Head

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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.

This Is Why

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Jessie had the idea that I should do single page comics of some of the side characters from Little Dog Comics. She was like, “what if Louis was at dinner and the cat kept stealing the food?” And I was like, “that’s perfect.” So I drew it. Then I noticed that each of the four panels, if played in a sequence, almost looked like an animation. For fun I made it into a gif. Watch and enjoy.

This Is Why Louis Coulon Has Trouble With Dinner by Jessie Doerpers and Shaun Pinello

Update:  Wordpress is acting crazy so click the image to see the gif. 

Louis and Lutin

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When I started Kid Universal I knew that he would need a mentor, someone to talk to, someone to fly a ship and have his back. Since Kid can travel through time I thought it would be cool to find an historical ship captain and have him be the pilot of a futuristic time traveling vessel. I did a few google searches and didn’t find any captains I connected with but then I came across an image that had nothing to do with what I was looking for yet was exactly what I needed. In the back of my mind I knew there would be parachuting cats in my story I just hadn’t figured out how to tie them in. And that image I came across provided me with a captain and a way to tie in the cats. Enter Louis Coulon. Not the French Canadian military officer famous for being the only opponent to force George Washington to surrender, I’m talking about the man with the eleven foot beard and what he carried within it.

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Not much information is available about him in English so I only know a few details. He was born February 1826 and died in 1904. The legend goes that at age 12 he began shaving but could not keep the blade sharp due to constant use. By age 14 his beard ahas 19 inches long. (Just for context, I haven’t shaved in a year and my beard is just shy of four inches.)

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By the way, you can now get Little Dog Comics related phone covers and other products. I just signed up with Nuvango who partners with various artists for high quality printing.

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Kid Universal Concludes

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Well, I finally wrapped up this Kid Universal short story but fear not, Kid and the gang will return. I learned a lot about making comics from doing these few pages. Soon I’ll repost all of them together along with a self critique. After all , you can’t grow as an artist if you can’t see what you need to work on.

Next week it’s watercolor portraits of Monsieur Coulon and his cat. Now that I typed that I realized there is a typo on this page and possibly on other pages.

A big thanks to everyone who’s been coming back month after month. I’ve been watching the stats and they keep going up so, again, thank you and please spread the word. The Little Dog Comics anniversary art giveaway is still going on. All you have to do to be entered to win is post about Little Dog Comics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #ldcftw14.

Inktober is in full swing. Follow me on instagram to see what I’ve been posting.

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Kid and Sherman

kid and sherman   I’ve been getting back into watercolor this past month. For practice I painted a series of portraits of characters from Kid Universal. Since Kid and Sherman have already been revealed I posted them firs. Next week I’ll post the conclusion to the first Kid Universal story and the following week I’ll post the rest of the portraits. (They’re my favorites.) You can win one of these or a Squirrel Boy print if you promote Little Dog Comics on Facebook, Twitter or Intstagram. Just make sure to include a link to littledogcomics.com and the hashtag #LDCFTW14. For more info go to the blog post titled Win Original Art. Facebook Twitter Instagram Don’t forget Inktober is coming!

Rock’Em Sock’Em

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Kid Universal, the pint-sized powerhouse vs. Sherman, the titanium titan. Two robots battling it out in the Rock’Em Sock’Em match of any century. Kid flies in with a haymaker -and wait- Sherman goes down. The match is over already? Guess the the notorious time disruptor isn’t as bad as everyone thought. The story concludes in the next installment of Kid Universal.

I’m sorry to leave everyone hanging but the final page won’t be ready to post until October 2nd but please check in next Friday for some watercolor portraits of Kid and Sherman.

Next month I’ll be participating in Inktober, a daily drawing challenge started by Jake Parker. You can follow my progress on Instagram and Twitter @hellopinello for both accounts. Also, I’ll post the daily drawings on the Little Dog Comics Facebook page. To see other people who are participating check the hashtag #inktober on all of your social media sites. Inktober begins October 1st and runs through the whole month.

I have one last announcement to make. October 27th is the first anniversary of Little Dog Comics. To celebrate I’m giving away a bunch of art and prints. Come back Wednesday September 24th for details on how you can win.