Sunday, April 01, 2007
King Triceps: a Billy and Mandy design
Here are some drawings of King Triceps. He was for an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy entitled "Hey, Water You Doing?". It was boarded by Mr. Ian Wasseluk. Ian likes doing spoof jokes, and Triceps was one of those. He's part King Triton from The Little Mermaid and part Macho Man Randy Savage. It was a fun (and difficult) episode to draw. There were a ton of new characters in this one.
Designing on Billy and Mandy was kind of tricky. The show tends to be a mish-mash of design sensibilties. The characters have a lot of very graphic elements, but also tend to be equally fleshy. I was constantly trying to find my balance of those two things. My attempts, successful or not, were always fun to create. And I really credit Maxwell Atoms for trusting his designers, and allowing us to experiment quite a bit on our own.
At times, this made for some of my most confident drawings, and at other times I felt lost in the woods behind the Oakwoods playing with fire crackers.
The nice thing was that I had quite a bit of reference from previous seasons to refer to when I really got stuck.
...this is sort of a tangent, but....
C.H. mentioned on his blog, the difficulties in breaking down his personal style on Chowder so that us designers could use similar theories. This was and will always be a very effective and direct method of getting into the head and hand of the guy that pretty much did the first set of drawings straight from his gut. But hat I find to be the best way to create designs that match the spirit of a new show is to really look at work that may have influenced the creator/designer. So besides trying to look at every scrap of paper with a drop of the Greenblatt magic, we're looking at a lot of Aragones, Coker Jr., Bradfield, Toriyama, and Scarry. It's been a really fun and educational ride.
... off the tangent...
I just realized that I've posted 2 different sets of mermaid designs from B&M, I swear I don't have a mermaid thing.
well... maybe a little bit,
...and a big thanks to Amanda for making me that sweet "Uncle Phil" stamp you see on those designs.