I decided to make a concerted effort today, with practicing Gregory Pope (see character design in Monkey Boots post below). But it just isn’t happening. Much as I’m really fond of that Monkey boots image, it was a bit of a one off with regards his face, especially those big Homer Simpson eyes. Much as I tried I’m just not cut out to be very ‘cartoony’. Cartoons have a whole different rule book and I’m afraid I don’t have a copy. I can do one off character designs like that, especially when they don’t need me to be the one drawing the character day in day out. But in this case I really wanted to work within my comfort zone, to be able to draw like I do when I’m boarding – quickly, confidently, not getting bogged down with a new rule book etc. So with that in mind, I decided to be ‘true to myself’ and did a super quick, three minute re-design, having just done a load of boards in the morning… Bearing in mind he still has to resemble this image… this is the result.
I know I know, he does look a bit like Alan Martin – but that really wasn’t intentional – I promise. Despite the fact he now lives 345 miles away, he obviously still lives quite large in my subconscious – bless him.