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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.
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.
Here’s a sneak peak at the line art for a Kid Universal die-cut Sticker I’m producing. Just need to finish colors and then it’s off to the printer. These will be high-quality, weatherproof, vinyl stickers.
Thank you Zack and Josh for entering this year’s art giveaway and spreading the word about Little Dog Comics. I’ll be contacting both of you about delivering your prizes. But nobody has to leave empty handed today. In celebration of Little Dog Comics’ first anniversary I’m giving away a free pdf of Kid Universal. You can download it to your tablet or phone or read it in a web browser. Just click on the Kid Universal tab at the top of the page or follow this link.
Thank you to everyone who follows this site. I have many things in the works for year two and I hope you stick around to see what’s coming next like the return of Agent Pickle in a fully painted story!
After taking a long hard look at my original cover for Kid Universal I decided I needed to a do-over. See the original for comparison.
The original art for this piece is up for grabs. To win it, tell your friends about Little Dog Comics on social media with the #LDCFTW14
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.
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!
October 27, 2013 I decided to get serious about making comics. So, on a whim, I bough a domain name, started a website and hoped to figure the rest out on the fly. Over the last year I’ve worked a few conventions, gotten feedback from some of my favorite artists, produced more work than I have in years and learned so much about the craft and business of making comics. With the first anniversary of Little Dog Comics just around the corner I want to celebrate by giving away some original art and prints. To be entered to win all you have to do is use social media to tell your friends about Little Dog Comics. Make sure to include a link to http://www.littledogcomics.com and the hashtag #LDCFTW14. That stands for Little Dog Comics For the Win 2014. I’ll be checking Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On October 27th I’ll do a random drawing and announce the winners. Five people will win original art featuring Kid Universal and five will win a Squirrel Boy print.
You can enter once per day everyday. The more times you enter the more chances you have to win so spread the word.
Don’t forget Inktober is coming!
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.
Here it is, the end of the first page of Kid Universal, an hints at action to come!
I’ve thought about it a lot and gone back and forth on it but finally came to a decision. As much as I like working in color I’m going to publish Kid Universal in black and white. The main reason being that, on top of all else that goes in to making a comic, coloring a comic is a monumental undertaking. I went back and toned the panels that have been published along with the last panel to make up the first page. I think it looks pretty good but leave me a comment or email at email@example.com to give me some feedback. I also want to know if you prefer full page updates like this (which would mean less frequent updates) or stick with the weekly one panel at a time updates like I’ve been doing.