All things evolve and so do cartoon characters.  Especially cartoon characters.  I have always liked looking back at other comic’s early strips to see how things have changed and my own is no exception.  I’m going to highlight each character in a blog post like this and who better to start with then Bud.

Each column represents how Bud looked in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively and each row shows him as his regular self, then as some sort of TV/film character and finally as Budette.  I’ve gotten a lot better at drawing women, that’s for sure!

I normally do not use character reference sheets to draw Bud and the gang.  It is fairly standard practice in cartooning to have a design sheet of each character showing major facial expressions and various angles of the face.  I do not like using those as I think it limits how you draw your characters.  I mean, there’s only so many ways to draw a character in a cartoon strip, either from the side or profile.  But by having a set design sheet in front of you, I believe it limits an artist’s ability to progress and experiment with a character’s looks.  If I do look at a reference, it’s more for their hair.  Otherwise I draw them from memory.