When designing Jax, I wanted to remain faithful to the original depiction of the Hopkinsville Goblins, but simplify it to be more appealing. For inspiration, I looked at various other aliens (the Hopkinsville goblins were rumored to have possibly been aliens), such as the classic grey men, Disney's Stitch, and the works of Jhonen Vasquez. In fact, I designed the Goblins to have some resemblance to the Irkens from Invader Zim.
I wanted to highlight Jax's carefree, fun-loving and wacky personality and elaborate body language. Because he's so simply designed, he's very easy to draw and fun to work with, especially when he falls in "love" with people and things.
The Red Witch - Expressions
I specifically designed the Red Witch to be incredibly beautiful, keeping with her backstory as a princess. I was mostly inspired by the design of Princess Aurora from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty." However in practice she's a lot more like Maleficent!
I wanted the Red Witch to be charismatic and entertaining as well as sinister. She can be both funny and scary, sometimes at the same time, in keeping with great cartoon villains such as Aku of "Samurai Jack," HIM from "The Powerpuff Girls," the Joker from "Batman: The Animated Series," and any of the classic Disney villains.
As an empath, the Witch is prone to some extreme mood swings. I wanted to encapsulate the multitude of her expressions, going from sweet and playful to sarcastic, condescending, disdainful, or blindingly angry. And, of course, her default haughty expression. She should have the mannerisms of a silent movie actress.
Dog Designs and Sketches
Here I practice drawing dogs, in a style reminiscent of Disney cartoons or the comics of Osamu Tezuka. These designs are my attempts to familarize myself with non-human subjects and practice animal anatomy. As you can see, they are of different, whimsical breeds and have some personality, a few based on dogs in my own neighborhood.
Polly-Gon the Octopus
The devious and playful protagonist of my first animation, "When Octopi Attack." She's a rare, genetically modified species capable of spending brief periods of time out of water. She loves tea, cookies, and making mischief.
A majestic and pretty species. Yes, I know narwhals already exist.