Hey folks. So this week I was hoping to do a character profile on Odds Bodkins... the charming magic shop proprietor in Burp's Christmas. I've been working on his character design for the past two weeks, trying to put together a "rough draft" digital puppet for us to use as art examples when we try to raise money. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to color him in yet so that post will have to wait til next time.
For now, I'm gonna continue talking about some of my inspiration for B.C. Last time I wrote about comic book artist Will Eisner. Today, I'm going to talk about David Weidman.
Weidman is a relatively unknown graphic artist who cut his teeth in the animation scene of the 50s and 60s doing design and layout.
Aside from animation, Weidman is a prolific screen printer and sculptor.
His work has a bold, graphic style balanced with much warmth and charm - something I feel is missing in much of todays modern, vector-y, gross digital design.
Observe the rough, textured line weight and palpable coloring. There's such life in these works. I hope to imbue the layouts of Burp's Christmas with that kinda life.
Check out more of his prints at his website. I promise next time i'll show you some of what I've been doing!