Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SUPER HERO HOUSE PETS!

I was asked by Fun For Kidz magazine to create a b&w 4 page comic and a color cover based on my comic for their upcoming issue featuring house pets. I asked the editor if I could make them super hero house pets and she said "Fine. Whatever" ...so that was cool!
I had a comic idea in mind and I was going to use a cat, goldfish, dog & hamster for the main characters, so I had to figure out their look & powers. I tightened up my roughs and drew each character separately for this post which I usually don't do under a deadline.

I drew most of these roughs for the cat character in my car with a stolen tiny little mini-golf pencil while waiting for my son to get out of school...
I decided to go with an electric cat. Here's my penciled, inked & colored versions of the finished character. Like all the characters below, I inked her with a Pigma Micron pen on Stratemore Plate Bristol then scanned her into Photoshop & colored her:
Here's some of my rough sketches for the fish character. I usually do many thumbnails before I do pencil sketches like these. I was going to keep him in his bowl, but it reminded me too much of the goldfish from Cat in the Hat...
I decided to go with a super flying fish:
I knew I wanted the dog to be super strong and the leader of The Super Hero House Pets. Here's some dog roughs...

Here's the character I went with, but I'm second guessing my choice, he seems a little boring to me:

And here are the roughs I did for the hamster. I wanted the hamster to be able to grow into a giant hamster. I was inspired by Marvel's Giant-Man/Goliath... 


Here's the penciled, inked & finished giant hamster. I think he's my favorite:
The color cover is due long before the interior comic, so I'll post the finished cover as soon as it's done.
Here's the Super Hero House Pets:


15 comments:

David said...

Wow! These are awesome Chris. I love to see the process from your "sitting in the car" sketches to the final artwork. Can't wait to see more.

Chris Sabatino said...

Thanks, David. I love to see the creative process, too. Your Facebook comment about this assignment inspired me to put in a little more effort and make it a blog post...so thanks!

FRANK M HANSEN said...

Thanks for the nice compliment on my blog. Your work is awesome. Love the fun, comic style and the use them to tell a story or give direction instead of using words.

Chris Sabatino said...

Hey Frank! Thanks for stopping by & the kind words, much appreciated!!

Jason James Curtis said...

Well, talk about a comprehensive post. I love it. As was mentioned above, I always enjoy seeing the creative process.

Great characters Chris...and this sounds like an extremely fun assignment. Your sketches are wonderful and the finished pieces look great.

My favorite is the hamster.

Chris Sabatino said...

Thanks, Jason! Everyone loves a giant hamster!!! I did these sketches just for my benefit, if they were going to be viewed by a client, I would have done them on white non-lined paper & made them look more professional. It is a fun assignment!!

TJ Lubrano said...

Aloha Chris!! Yes I decided to switch to a Hawaiin greeting this morning! I love 'creative process' posts!!

You know, for every character, the one that stood out the most for me, you choose as the final character. Except the dog...I like the dog, but something's missing, maybe he needs bigger hair or something hehe ^_^.

Haha the running fish is funny too and Scady Cat! That one looked very cool too. I wonder how he would fight off crime! Oh! Maybe he would shake so much that it would make the enemies dizzy and they would just drop. Now that's a effortless power!

*stares at the sketches again*

Take care & Till next time!!

Chris Sabatino said...

TJ, thanks so much for taking the time and leaving a comment. I know things are SO hectic for you right now, but one of my blog posts wouldn't be the same without your inspiring words. Thanks for the great remarks on the characters...the scady cat character would have fun to draw, but not much of a hero I think.
Till next time, for sure!

Bill White said...

What a fun assignment! Love seeing this "behind the scenes" work. Dare I say- This work has a sorta HB vibe to it. I know you'll take that as the highest of compliments.

Chris Sabatino said...

Bill, thanks so much for commenting! Yes, any comparison to Hanna Barbera is a huge compliment to me, especially coming from you. Thanks! Hope to chat with you again soon!!

Christophe said...

Nice bunch of heroes ! I like the giant hamster :-)
Thanks for your nice words on my blog !

Chris Sabatino said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Christophe! The giant hamster seems to be a real crowd pleaser!!

P.L. Frederick said...

These are spiffy characters. So funny and well-drawn. That's hilarious that the fishy wears a helmet so its head stays underwater — yet has the power of flight.

P.L. Frederick (Small & Big)

Chris Sabatino said...

Thanks so much for the comment, P.L.! I feel like my head is underwater most days too, so I can relate to the fish!!

Colin Seal said...

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this. I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me. Thanks!

Kind Regards,

Colin Seal
small dog remote trainer