This was an experiment I did, I scribbled a bad sketch in Sketchbook and then drew a vector of it in Inkscape (I'd rather use Illustrator but my version is old and messes up a lot now. Inkscape doesn't work well with my tablet :l)
This little guy's purpose is two-fold; first, he's the mascot for a game-creation team I'd like to start (I like the idea of an anthro mascot more than a feral one, you can do more in the way of interesting branding with anthro.) and the second is that he's the main character in a game I'd like to make, I have most of the ideas for it, but I don't like his design and will probably come up with something different in the future.
There's things about it I like and things I think need improvement, namely the ears, I want them to have brown tips, but with how I drew the insides, they look fine as they are, I don't think they aren't nice to look t but they aren't what I wanted. Second is the lack of definition in the muzzle. The character doesn't have a long snout, but you can barely tell he should by this.
I've only got one other person interested in my ideas so far and he doesn't like the whiskers, but I actually do. I wanted the character to look simple (and not like Tails for a change. >_>) but there's a lot of proportional issues to be sorted out to make my ideas more appealing.
I like the way I did the tail and the legs, which look somewhat feral, and there's a reason for that. This character has deep history with me, his evolution is pretty extraordinary. This iteration looks far different than my older ones...
I started drawing him when I was 12. He was my first fox character, and is partly responsible for why I love foxes. I got the idea because we were asked to draw a big poster about why the environment was important and I drew a (horrible) picture of a lot of animals (that more than vaguely resemble Sonic characters, at least their faces >_>) and the main one was a little feral fox with a sparrow I ironically named Robin. (She didn't get her name until later, neither did he, actually.)
So I started drawing him in class, at first just different colors of him and his bird friend, in different moods and poses, as a way to pass time. (I didn't feel the classwork was a useful enough time-killer until I could go home. Not that my teacher cared, she'd just pass me along anyway to get rid of me. :V) After a while, I started drawing comics of them (Bad ones) and named the comics Kit and Robin, in which they would run from a hunter and have adventures, occasionally in human territory. It was rather immature, and the humans looked worse than the animals. Not to mention it was all flatly-colored in colored pencil and looked more like scribbles than anything else. I looked at it recently, I didn't remember it looking quite that much like shit. But at the time, I was pretty proud of them.
When I was 14 or so I got into online games like MMOs and started playing Runescape, it absorbed more of my time than drawing and single-player games did before so my drawing declined quite a bit.
Then I found a game called Furcadia and started drawing again because the game is very much based around making your own art... Or in my case, stealing it from sprite sheets. This was where I started getting into sprite comics (YES they were Sonic. I was 15 and stupid. >_>) And as if my character didn't look enough like Tails already I made him look even more like him by editing sprites of him and making his own comic, but since I couldn't draw worth shit, the comic was filled with Sonic sprites anyway and the hunter looked an awful lot like Robotnik. If I learned anything from the couple years I spent on sprites it's that A: Sonic sprite comics are for noobs, and B: I have a firm understanding of pixel art. At least I think I do. I like the pixel art I draw myself and I like pixel art more than other forms of art.
After a while, I started to shade my characters. If there's one thing I'm not ashamed of from spending too much time on Sonic, it's that my shading style resembles the classic airbrush effect, except in this case it was with colored pencils. And at this time I was also making him look less like Tails and more detailed. Originally he was basically a circle with a square-like body, triangular legs, triangular ears, and Tails' eyes and muzzle and tail. (Well, one of them.) This time I gave him more detail, it's difficult to explain, I should just put something together sometime. But he looked less like Tails. :V
By "less" I don't mean by much but he had decent proportions for my poor drawing style, he had hands and feet that were defined, his ears and paws were no longer black, but brown, and his muzzle and stomach were white, but shaded with light blue. (Sound familiar? :V)
His little bird-friend has only undergone one major transformation. Originally, she looked like a circle on a semicircle body with a triangle beak that opened to look like two triangles, beady eyes, Tails' bangs, triangle wings, and two sticks for legs. When I drew her again with Kit, she basically looked like a smaller, blue Kazooie, but at least it wasn't Sonic style.
Skip ahead a while and I'm graduated from highschool and 18, working on learning to use GameMaker and drawing the sprites for a nameless fox, I decided to just use the name I did for my old character and call it a rebirth. At this time, he was a little sprite, but his colors were that of the above. I haven't gotten around to revising Robin yet, but I have an idea of how to draw her.
I probably won't post their finished designs up here, this is supposed to be for a game-creation team and I don't want people stealing my ideas. The only reason I'm putting this up is for feedback, mostly, and because he'll probably end up looking really different when I'm done.
7 years, 6 months ago
04 Sep 2011 23:06 CEST
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