Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mr. Zits

Well TV's Kyle, This Zits For you!
A couple of years back I pitched a cartoon storyboard to Frederator called Blackjack & Zits, which was considered funny enough but it was also considered an idea that had been done before. I mean it's basically about a big dumb dog who likes to destroy things and a messed up cat with a broken back and an ill-fitting glass eye.
Approaching the design of the character I started with a series of sketches that culminated with this....
As you can see, the characters were originally called Blackjack & Scratch.
The Scratch name kind of implies that the cat character was always close to meeting his demise. However, I went with the Zits name because it seemed to roll off the tongue better.
As you can see with the sketch above, the character was crudely designed on purpose.
To help get that effect, I drew this sketch with a ballpoint black pen.
The whole idea was to make this character look like a mack truck hit him a couple of hundred times.
Unfortunately, when I went to do a cleaned up drawing of the character, I did a blue ruff and came up with this....

It's not a bad drawing, but it's my habit to want to take the ruffness out of a sketch and slicken up the line. I eventually ditched the idea of doing any clean ups of the character and created all model and storyboard sketches with an Ebony pencil.

13 comments:

TV's Kyle said...

That cat is awesome. Expect some fan art soon!

Brian Mitchell said...

Cool. Glad you like em!

Richard Gaines said...

Also, I'm a fan of John Lounsbury myself!!

Brian Mitchell said...

Well then, you're a man of tremendous good taste.

Iuri Ara├║jo said...

Nice character in this work!
I'm like animation too, and currently, I'm doing animation exercises and posting in my blog to other peoples comments and help me to do better animations in the future. If you can visit there to look and write your comment, will be a great help to me. xD
That's it.
Seeya.

Jake the Animator said...

Very cool, Brian. Keep the torch burning bright! Viva drawn animation! I'm a Warner/Disney- inspired animator who has also found himself on the NY side of things.

Check out my blog, ToonGeek

Goldenrod Fox said...

Love your work, Brian! Hope you'll come back and share some more on this blog again soon!

Mattieshoe said...

These are some really Spectacular drawings, Brian.

I can definitely see your influence in Mighty Mouse, and even Animaniacs.

I hope to see more posts soon.

Pavel Jakubec said...

great work man !!!

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