Can you believe that the only character I haven’t absolutely nailed down a final design for “Lotus For Help” is Ross? Silly, considering he used to be the titular character in the original iteration of the comic.
Because Ross doesn’t appear until page eight, I’ve been focusing on Wayne and Nicki (among other side characters that appear with them). I’ve found even the most recent drawings of him have been difficult to keep on-model; I’ll have one fantastic, “perfect” drawing of him and then never be able to match it for whatever reason. How frustrating! So I’ve worked the past few nights to try and finalize him, and I think I’ve got it, or at least I’m close.
I’m shortening his sleeves and putting him in shorts because I think it makes more sense for him to wear something that could be perceived as more comfortable, even if he’s somewhat overdressed. Plus, it allowed me to cut out a few unnecessary details out. Also, it’s just cute. :)
Perfectly round or oval eyes can be difficult to get right without the help of shape tools and paths, so I’m considering giving Ross the more “football” shaped eyes that Nicki and Wayne have. I’ve found them to be plenty expressive with the other two characters, and it will make drawing Ross a lot easier. I’ll have to draw him a few more times to see if this is really working for me, but I’m optimistic.
As you can see, I might be changing his blue accessories (bowtie, shoes, belt) to pink, to match the design identity of the project, and because Ross is the sort of person who dresses for the job he wants and it stands to reason that he’d wear a color inspired by the lotus tree outside of the Lotus For Help headquarters. I also think it’s more “special” than the blue, but maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’ll change it back. Not quite sure yet. What do you think?
As a side note, I’ve always had this thing where I associate characters with a specific color, even if it’s not a color they prominently wear. In this case, I associate Nicki with light blue, Wayne with dark blue, and Ross formerly with this (frankly unprintable) electric blue color. Perhaps the warm pink color will help differentiate him.
Anyway, I need to be in bed. I’m up entirely too late.