Commenters have spoken, and I have listened. Behold!
Black and white only, but colour studies coming very soon.
John posted a comment about how my female characters are all very slim. It’s true, and it’s something I have been thinking about throughout this entire process, since I created the first draft of Octopussycat and Tasmanian Daredevil years ago.
Truth is, there aren’t very many female funny animal characters, and the few there are are based off popular male characters, like:
What do these characters have in common? They all look exactly like the men they’re based off except change of clothes, eyelashes, and bows in their hair. BOWS!!!
Actually there are a couple of good models for lady toons, which is partially what inspired my gals:
Both cats, as you can see. The Tom & Jerry cats are always very old school 30’s movie star type with the heavily made up eyes. Differences are smaller features on the face, with the exception of the eyes. I think the worst offense for female animal toons is to plot the ridiculous blonde wig on, like they do, usually followed by a brushing of the hands.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yea. So I’ve tried to keep my female supers distinctive from the male form, and yes that has so far meant that they have small waists and larger hips. It’s something I’m working on and conscious of but by the same token – they are superhero characters which typically demand the ‘idealized’ bodies. Emphasis on the ‘typically.’
The other staple of the female form in cartoons is this:
Which certainly has its place. But references for what I want to achieve are few and far between so I feel a little like I’m blazing my own trail (despite the fact that I’m ripping off years of established toons).
Oh, and here’s some bonus sketches of Octopussycat: