Monday, May 12, 2008
120 [m ] Get Your Billy and Mandy On
Pencil on copier paper with digital color
Because the Cartoon Network isn't humongous like the Walt Disney Company with their individual art departments in every different division (yet), our illustration gang in Atlanta gets the opportunity to work on more than trade and consumer advertisements and licensed product. Among which, we have designed dimensional things like the Cartoon Network sponsored Macy's Thanksgiving Day floats of the past three years, the Atlanta Braves' "Tooner Field" kids play area, and character "walkaround" event costumes.
Above are concepts for two such event costumes, Billy and Mandy of the popular The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. The characters are big-headed kids. Mandy in about 2-head tall. However, big head designs aren't friendly to a costume for a 5-ft. tall actor, especially if you want the actor's hands in the character's.
Cartoon Network has been working with Scollon, by all accounts the premiere company to create such mascot costumes. The process of sharing designs and commenting on construction by way of e-mailed photos can be hit and miss. But you do what you can.