Upcoming variant for Big Dog Ink’s Critter series debuting at Baltimore Comic-Con 2012
Drawn and Colored by I: Corey Knaebel
This cover is also a big push in a new direction that I’ve been taking, which has been evolving over the past couple covers and personal works that I’ve done. That evolution is big, bright, expressions – too many covers I see really lack emotional content oftentimes featuring the same generic expression. This disturbs me, because these characters have stories so they have lives, experiences and most importantly they will have emotional responses to situations.
All of this boils down to creating an attitude and the facial expression is the most important indicator of attitude. Posture and pose is important as well but the raw emotion comes from the eyes and mouth.
To quote the Warner Bros. Character Design Manual (An excellent must have book for artists)
“If you want to create a character that ‘pops’ off the page, draw with exclamation points. Don’t draw a character that is sort of happy, sort of sad, or sort of angry. Draw a character that is HAPPY! SAD! or ANGRY!”