For Illustration Friday. The topic was snow. Scary is not usually my style but this idea stuck with me so I ran with it. Lots of fun. Maybe another underling or villain.
Sketching and doodling are very important. Its often where ideas are born. I first sketched O-Boy on a 3 inch piece of scrap paper. I was trying to draw a cute baby like character. I thought his hair kind of looked like a retro space boy, so I decided to make him a super hero complete with a cape.
Next I did a few more drawings, trying to refine his look.
Excitedly, I shared him to some kids I know. Not one thought he was a super hero but every single kid thought he was a baby vampire. So I decided to make him a robot.
I confidently showed this to one of the kids who promptly said, "a robot baby vampire!" I decided to lose the ears and reluctantly the cape. The kids got it this time.
Art and cartooning are all about communicating a clear message. When the kids didn't understand what I was trying to say I had to keep coming back in an attempt to clarify my message. Its an ongoing process. Its easy for artists to have an idea that is all worked out in their mind but has a lot of gaps for the audience. Its easy to forget that it is all about communication. Its not that you change an idea just so people will like it. You change it only for clarification to get the message across.
All this time I was putting together a story for him as well as other characters which I will be showing you soon.
Christian cartoonist seeking to bring glory to his Creator and Redeemer by being creative.