([ Character Study - Kikka Bunny ])
For my next (possible) bit of Biff goodness, I needed to make up a new character. The story came easy enough so I let myself go a bit when it. Normally, this is a fun idea and should be encouraged. This time… it might have landed me in a bit of hot water.
Without giving the whole damn thing away (you’ll get that soon enough), I set this chunk of story in the past - circa 1930’s. I needed a brand new female character that’s easy enough to draw with period style. As you can tell from her name, she will be a rabbit.
For a comic about a vampire, I sure do draw a lot of furry folks. o.O
Anyhoodle… I looked up a few photos of dresses I dug from that time. I boiled it down to two good ones -> This and That. Both pics come from the Art Deco blog and popped up through Google Image Search.
In an effort to get the basic shape/style/form of the dresses, I essentially cartooned them. I reproduced the pose as exact as I could without going all out realistic. What follows is how I drew them -
As you can already tell, I had a little too much fun with the second model’s expression. = P
For those who have seen or actually read my comic strip, you can see how great a difference the art styles are. If anything, it’s a hold over from animation and life drawing. I tend not to get too crazy when I’m trying to figure something - like clothing - out. I also tend not to get too silly with proportions/expressions out of respect to the models, though I did start to make them into the super tall and thin fashion caricatures you’d normally see if you went through a fashion design book.
The following is the last step in this particular process: Drawing one of them as a rabbit in the style of my strip. I present to you Kikka Bunny. -
I liked the other dress so much that I honestly left it up to chance. When I flipped a coin, I got tails. = )
There you have it. How I go from reference to design on one of my characters. Now to get back to work or else I’ll be late for a Sunday update!
This is some digital inks I slapped on a particularly nice panel from my old comic project Night of the Lepus. If you want to get your nerd on, it’s Page 5 - Panel 2.
It’s not a very fancy panel. It’s not detailed at all. What it is is a good look at how I’m feeling right now.
Night of the Lepus (or NotL as I’ve been calling it), is one of those projects that just doesn’t want to go away. I normally spend my time making with the funny by writing and drawing the shenanigans of a vampire and his friends. It’s seriously fun work and I dig it immensely. When I’m not doing that, I’m trying to figure out stuff for different projects. It’s in that time that NotL always comes up.
It’s not my normal project.
True, it is a comic. What it’s not is a comedic strip where I can pull from easily accessible sources/situations/memories and get it done. The format is a full page. Not a big change for me, really. Biff would have been a full-page comic if I didn’t enjoy doing newspaper-type comic strips. The best description I can get down on paper is that it would make for an excellent episode of the Twilight Zone. NotL takes me way out of my comfort zone. The more I think about it and the more notes I jot down, the less and less it seem like a story I could just pop out overnight while watching some cheesy movies. The easiest thing about this so far looks to be the artwork.
Other ideas like this have come and passed like so many storms. This one seems to be bearing down on my like a goddamn hurricane and I just cant seem to let it go. It’s like my old short stories or my abandoned scripts - they hit hard and I was able to forgo reality for a while and get them down. That was back in college when the worst I had to worry about was a lower-than-average grade or a less-than-spectacular review. Now, I have deadlines. I have other responsibilities. I have… distractions.
This is going to be one hell of a challenge, I know it. Nothing good or fun is ever easy. I just hope I can get it down and out of my head soon. I’ve got other work to do and it’s gumming up the pipes. o.@
I set down tonight to draw something that wasn’t a comic and was possibly Holiday related. I didn’t really figure I would end up drawing this.
Just a random bunny girl in a Santa suit that made it past my usual “Damn… I don’t like this. Starting over.” phase of elimination.
I kinda’ wanted to make up a gift tag tonight. Although this is nice picture, I don’t think this makes that particular cut. I can’t really see this version of a bunny girl sitting on gifts to my family and friends without feeling all sorts of strange. Is still dig it far too much to let it fall by the wayside or be lost in a sea of paperwork and misfit pics. = )
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First bunny doodle of the 2011.