We’ve recent acquired a new client at work and they have a requirement for a cartoon welder.
The idea being that this cartoon welder would be based on the company owner and would appear on the new website.
The welder may also be used on business cards and other materials going forward, so he needed to be bright and attractive and also work well at a small size.
Initial cartoon welder sketch
So my first sketch of the welder was a rather portly little character, with a torch in his hand and a raised mask on his head.
I chose the raised mask, as this would allow his face to be seen and give more character than a lifeless mask. The client was pleased with this, but had a few requested amendments – namely to make him a little ‘slimmer’.
They also requested that we lost the belt and the turn ups on the trousers.
Of course, working digitally the sketch was easy to change. I made the welder slimmer by moving one of the legs in and changing the whole shape of the torso.
So with a couple of spare hours this afternoon I went about adding in all of the digital outlines, along with the base colours and shading.
This was also the opportunity to try something new with my cartoon work – the creation of some custom brushes.
These were very easy to create and added a new look/feel to the standard solid lines I use in my work, so shall be using these again in future!
A splash of colour…
Next I added in some nice, bright colours for our cartoon welder. The client wears orange overalls and so complimented this by giving him heavy grey boots and gloves.
The welding mask I coloured with an olive green, again just to give some contrast and an all important third colour into the mix.
Just to finish off our cartoon welder, I’ve put in some shades and highlights. These have been added mainly along the edges with out light source to the left and therefore the majority of the shadows are added to the right.