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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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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha, sweet! ;)
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celaoxxx Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much.
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WallowPowerEngage Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, that really means a lot to me.
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b1k Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, now that you mention I can kind of see the resemblance.
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:iconb1k:
b1k Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I did a skecth of Cowlorado and featured him in my 2009 X-mas pic. I even have a female version of him called Kansas.
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
How cool! You do incredible work.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, that means a lot to me.
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IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I really like your style. It's classic and nostalgic. It's always good to see that the classic style is surviving in this day and age.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, that's kind of you to notice. I grew up with classic warner brothers cartoons and they have definitely influenced my drawings. It's nice to see someone else who appreciates the old classic cartoons.
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IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Quite so. :nod:

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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Sure, I'd be happy to look at your stuff.
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IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful! I hope you will enjoy my gallery. :)
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bnbuehler Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Cool character. I hope to see more of him.
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Pokemon-Diamond Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cartoon! Go make a Cartoon with this character! :D
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WhiteProject Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I LIke it sooo much !!! , You always did a great job !!!! , Ver very smooth art !!
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, glad you like it
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WhiteProject Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
No .. no problem really and you're welcome too ;D
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Skythe-Soulblade Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe funny
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gatorvenom Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice. The poses you chose show a lot of life. Really like the one with him on his tail. Can't wait to see your animations as you progress in your schooling.

Only criticism I can see is a minor one. The bottom left pose is missing the necklace.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I knew it was only a matter of time before someone spotted that. I noticed the missing necklace a while after this was finished, and I said to myself that if anyone asks, I'll just say he forgot to put it on that morning. Oh well, dumb mistake on my part. Thanks for pointing it out to me, I appreciate your honest input. And thanks for all the compliments.
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gatorvenom Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry about it. It's minor and all the poses and expressions are top notch. Again, can't wait to see what you come up with next.
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Tarrigan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Student General Artist
i love how clean you lines are, it looks very professional. I could see this character in a cartoon for sure, you've got some lovely expressions here too.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for all you compliments. I spent a lot of time making this look clean and professional.
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Tarrigan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Student General Artist
well compliments where compliments are due. i love working on something for ages and looking at it and thinking... those are some damned clean lines ^^
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DTKinetic Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see potential with this guy! =D
Great character design, I especially dig the model where he's "levitating" on his tail :lol:
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, that was one of my favorite poses too :)
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FlAmExxlOrD Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all so awsome ^^
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mezasalvador Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student
I loved how you worked in this toony gator, keep going up!
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197902253456 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Thanks
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Um, you're welcome? I'm not sure what you're thanking me for, you may have posted this on the wrong page :)
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MacGwyver Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Digital Artist
An amazing set of emotion and movement. Very clean lines and easily readable. I think my favourite part is the hypnotic gesture. This has got a real nice old school , Winsor McKay type quality which is very appealing.
Is it maybe a little smooth for a Gator especially a Voodoo one? Maybe ramp up the Voodoo aspects, painted face, Top hat and chicken feet etc. Just kinda spitballing here maybe that would make him lose his goofy charm. Personally, I can't wait to see your work on the big or small screen. It's gonna be awesome.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much, I appreciate the constructive criticism. If you think this guy is smooth you should see his original design, it's much smoother (his snout was rounded like a pancake). But yeah I have to work on making characters with less smooth and rounded qualities, at school I'm known as the marshmallow guy because all my characters look like they're made of marshmallows. So yeah I will definitely work on that. Thanks for the critique and thanks for the ideas.
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MacGwyver Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011   Digital Artist
You're very welcome. I remembered an article on John Kricfalusi's (Ren and Stimpy) blog featuring Tex Avery and why his characters were so appealing. He broke the designs down into bare elements like right angles and contrasting curves, especially where parts join together forming those "T" intersections. A mix of sharps and rounds.
I didn't want to comment with one word " Cool" or "Awesome". Of course the piece was both of these and more. I was just offering a different, pretty cliched quite honestly , take on your Voodoo Gator.
There's another character designer called Ben Ballistreri whose work explores the same themes and settings as your own. A similar sort of vibe. Sort of Indiana Jones, Duck Tales type of stuff. Very European comics influenced.
Looking forward to your next piece.
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Harmonikah Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
Hell yes for Voodoo gators x3
Still love how this came out, I always love your characters :D
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, I like how yours turned out too.
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nintendolover2010 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
AMAZING CHARACTER SHEET!! :D:D:D
This looks Professional!! :D
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day-or-knight Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
:thumbsup:
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fly-casino Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
great job
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks
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andyesch Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Very nice, has a professional look to it!
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I tried hard to make it look like a looney toons model sheet, so I'm glad people think it looks professional.
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