Back in August, I shared a desktop image featuring a photo-composited image of Tuff-Girl in front of old Las Vegas. Well, Tuff-Girl appears all over the American South-West. The re-used Tuff-Girl image over-laid with warmer tones stands in front of Los Angeles’ skyline in twilight, although not an old Los Angeles.
Here’s a teaser on what is my current project. After a few years of putting Tuff-Girl on my Christmas cards, this year I’m using my TAGS characters again: Monster, Rodney (lion) and Polly (penguin).
I am also returning to the idea that I would do it as a series of multiple designs, a thing I started when I worked at Disneyland and was giving out upwards of fifty cards. The variations seemed to be intriguing to my friends and co-workers.
Little Tuffy and Wilson sketches Color pencil and ball-point pen ink on paper with Digital color over cleaned scan. 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5 inch x 11.0 inches) 2010.
Surfer girl Little Tuffy has a pet Shar-Pei, Wilson.
Why a Shar-Pei? Because when I thought about it, I couldn’t think of any other cartoon or comic strip that ever had a Shar-Pei. Think about it.
Right, so L.T. would have the first cartoon Shar-Pei. I started in earnest designing Wilson one month ago, with little success. One month later, attacking the challenge only twice more in between, here above is pretty close to what he’ll look like.