Monday, May 21, 2007
Tuff-Girl and Tuff-Mutt patrolling the sunny Malibu shores.
Here presented are the rough, tight pencil and final ink of the piece. There isn't a lot to be learned from these in the way of the decisions made at each stage.
Tuff-Girl adventures are illustrated in a style inspired by the art of Milt Caniff (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon).
Here, the Tuff team are depicted in an even more cartoony style. It's actually a more fun style to draw. It's based on Blondie (Chic Young), but because of the characters' adventurous leanings, is takes on a dramatically different look than the domestic doings of Blondie and Dagwood.
Tuff-Mutt (a.k.a. Wichita), has undergone a number of re-designs. Initially , she had a body style more like Blondie's pup, Daisy or like Pluto, with big, pillowy paws and a brow ridge stepped up from the snout which allowed for drawing both eyes in most front views. Pushing her design to more caricature the features of a wire-hair terrier, her legs are more like those of some cartoon sheep and her head has a block-shaped profile.