Casper’s Character

2011-09-25I’ve been working on some more sketches lately, mostly trying out different expressions for Casper’s “look”. I think his hair is one of the key character traits I want to explore too. I love the way when his hair gets long it becomes quite animated with his body as he runs about, flapping up and down like a wooly, shag pile rug. The first image on the left is the original sketch I featured in my last entry “A Westie Close up“.

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A Westie Close up

2011-09-20It’s been a while since my last entry… where does the time go? Anyway, it’s hard to stare down a dog. They will just gaze back at you with their deep, black, puppy-dog-loving eyes. I love it when you almost rub noses. I was working on this illustration of a Casper character design and, while making the cropped image for this entry, I just fell in love with this crop! It reminded me of my dogs who would often sit and stare, sit and stare, sit and stare. Sometimes a tiny whimper – wowrhhh – and then more staring. You can’t help but give them a pat.

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The first Westies


I was going through some old photos the other day and stumbled across some of the very first conceptual sketches (the three photos on the left!) I did for The Westies of West London in December 2009. After work one evening I suddenly had this idea to draw some Westies (I think Casper had some influence that day!) and I proceeded to sketch these drawings onto our white board in the office. I liked the characters and the idea so much that I decided to setup this website and do more. It’s great fun to look back and see how the Westies are evolving.

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A new Westie character design


So it has been quite a while since my last post. I’ve decided to go back to basics and work on the developing the look and feel of the Westie character, which also means going back to using mediums that I’m really fond of to create the artwork. For this design I’ve used pencil for the sketch followed by black Indian ink and brush for the final illustration (although I discovered that my old brushes are somewhat scraggly and split, and produce more calligraphy-like strokes rather than fine brush strokes!). To me the ink and brush line-work is more fluid and natural, which is perfect for the Westie’s hair. I’m also found of the various line weights that are created using the brush which is more spontaneous and uneven, which gives the Westie even more character. I’ve always loved using brush and ink, so will the Westies!

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