I bet every parent feels like this when going on a trip with the little ones in tow. (I feel like this when my wife and I take the kids to the grocery store!) I thought I would show my process from start to finish. It seems like I usually begin with a good idea drawn badly, as you can see from the Post-It sketch. The most important first step is getting the idea down on paper quickly, no matter how rough, cryptic or terrible the drawing is. I then scanned in the drawing and came up with a more refined, but still rough, drawing using Autodesk Sketchbook. I drew some of the elements in different colors to clarify the composition in my mind. Next, I cleaned up (or inked) the drawing in black, also using Sketchbook. Finally, I brought the drawing into Photoshop and colored it with pastel dry brushes.
I've been a character designer at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, CA for more than six years. I designed characters for season 1 of Tak and the Power of Juju, seasons 6-8 of The Fairly OddParents and seasons 1-3 of T.U.F.F. Puppy. I have also contributed character designs for The Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Big Time Rush and Robot & Monster. Last year, I received an Animation Award nomination for my character design work on the T.U.F.F. Puppy episode "Iron Mutt". Please visit my online gallery at MikeDougherty.net and my Flickr page. Please click on the "follow blog" tab above and I'd be happy to add a link to your site, as well! Thanks!