As I was saying in my last post, when I contacted Austin & David about working with them on their webcomic, they had me send over some art samples. I sent them the following to show them not only my art, but that I could tell a story using pictures. (And also that I fucking LOVE the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.)
This is style is quite a bit different than the style I use on Super Cute, but at the time, I had no idea what kind of story they were going for. I hadn't been given the gig as artist yet, but they seemed interested. Later, they told me that they'd like to base the strip on the characters that Liz Suburbia drew for them, as seen below.
I love Liz's drawing, but I had never drawn in a cartoony style. There would definitely be a learning curve. Below, you will find some of my earliest attempts at drawing the characters who would eventually become Bronson & Leonard.
The upper left drawing of Leonard and Bronson would be the closest I would ever come to drawing the characters as depicted by Liz Suburbia. Sorry, Liz! (NOTE: I was told later by Austin & David that the drawing of sad Bronson in the bottom right corner is what landed me the artist gig.)
Once on Hideous Energy, David mentioned himself yelling at a Furby, which I depicted Bronson (minus a nose, by the way) doing here.
Since Liz's original drawing had most of Bronson's body hidden behind the table, the guys and I kicked around the idea of giving Bronson exposed arms and legs. We decided to go with the Christmas Tree-look instead.
As a promotion piece for the webcomic, Austin requested that I draw the characters in the same poses as the Blues Brothers in the reference photo he sent me (top). My first attempt (middle) shows Bronson with furless arms. Later they had me redraw it to give Bronson fur-covered arms (bottom).
Random Character drawings.
What would eventually become my versions of Bronson & Leonard.
Sorry for unleashing all of that crappy art on you, but it's kind of fun to see the process of changing art styles. Also, it makes me feel better about some of the current strips I'm working on.
See you next time!
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