Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tiny Teen Titans

sketch cards
Color pencil and ink on Bristol Board.

I'm not especially fond of big-headed character design (also know as “super-deformed” in Manga circles), at least not to the point where I’d make it my primary style. I’ll admit, however that what looks good on 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" cards are big heads, either as portraits or Charlie Brown proportioned folks. As I prefer to draw full poses over portraits or busts, I started to draw this style for cards.

Here toward the end of one of last year’s conventions I drew the Teen Titans of the 2002 animated series’s designs. This was before I’d seen any thing of the DC Nation shorts and much before the new, yet-to-be-announced Teen Titans GO! series.

I was hoping to sell the cards as a set, but later Robin and Raven would be sold separately breaking up the set.

[bigger @ tumblr]


  1. Hey Bryan,
    We met at Heroes Con in June. I was the guy with all the big-headed character design I showed you on my iPad. After reading this blog-post, I feel like an idiot. I really do enjoy your work, you and Jenny Frisson were my favorite people to meet that weekend.

  2. Thanks, Matthew.
    I re-read what I posted and "not especially" sounds too much like "I dislike", which isn't true. I do like the character designs of "Peanuts", Mickey Mouse, and "Calvin and Hobbes" to name a few. My preference is to draw people, or human characters closer to their true proportions with ALL the details which I have spent so much of my career and development learning.