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Voodoo Gator Model Sheet by AlexanderHenderson Voodoo Gator Model Sheet by AlexanderHenderson
This was my last character design assignment for my first year of animation class. A fairly straight forward assignment, just 8 poses and 8 expressions compiled onto one model sheet. I formatted it to look like the model sheets for Looney Tunes characters (in that there is one large color model in the center surrounded by line drawings.

Any constructive criticism is appreciated and welcomed (don't worry about offending me, I love constructive criticism).
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This is so exciting to see! i have this overwhelming urge to ask you 4 million questions about going to school for animation, but i'll resist ^^;

Now then, really getting into it... First off your line work is beautiful, very crisp & clean, nice variation in widths without drawing focus away from the character as a whole. He's got a lot of lovely expressions displayed & is very consistent throughout which is SO difficult to do. one thing i noticed right off is that there isn't a ton of squash & stretch used in his expressions, which i am used to seeing in such curvy animation. it's obviously there in the 'shocked' expression, and maybe a bit in the voodoo spell casting expression, but typically i'm used to seeing more of it in cartoons that take this much liberty with expanding the reality of the creature they're representing. he's also the friendliest voodoo witch doctor or alligator i have ever seen - which could be perfect, depending on his roll, it does make the more menacing expression (on the inner right side) seem a bit out of character, but again, that depends on his place in the story, so it's hard to say. if i had to get super nitpicky i'd complain that his tail looks a bit poofy in the bottom right (reclining) picture, but i had to really really hunt for anything i didn't visually adore. overall it's clear you put a lot of time & effort into this character & this character sheet and i could absolutely see him in a cartoon, so as far as i'm concerned you've done your job, & done it well.

now, i'm not a great (or even good) artist & this is my first critique, so take that as you will, but i like to think i'm a much better observer than producer of art ^^;
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Lemmy-koopaling Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha, sweet! ;)
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celaoxxx Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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AlexanderHenderson Jan 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much.
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WallowPowerEngage Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gaaahh man this guy is adorable.

What does someone even say as critique to a stylized piece like this though? "Oh, it's a little too/not exaggerated enough"? I don't want to sound like some unskilled brown noser by saying it looks great, but I also wouldn't want to try to dig for things to change about it "just because it's critique". What would you yourself say you weren't satisfied with?
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AlexanderHenderson Oct 27, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you, everyone seems to think this guy is pretty cute.

I guess what I am least satisfied with about this drawing is the squash and stretch on the face. I feel that I could have done more with it.
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WallowPowerEngage Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a cool thing to note. I've felt it's very useful as well as interesting to hear what the artist themselves feel they could have worked more on.
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b1k Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Aaahhh this is wonderful! Reminds me of Hanna Barbera so much. We should have more cartoons like this!
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AlexanderHenderson Oct 27, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you, that really means a lot to me.
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b1k Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I also like your Avatar. Reminds me of 'The Wild West C.O.W.BOYS of Moo Mesa'.
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AlexanderHenderson Oct 29, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thanks, now that you mention I can kind of see the resemblance.
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