Today I thought I’d show you how a scribble can end up on Flip Flop Flyin’.
A lot of things come from ideas I jot down in notebooks. I’ll do little pencil sketches and work out the story and then draw them in Photoshop. Sometimes, though, they come from doodling. If I’m having problems with something I’m working on, I close it and open a blank Photoshop document and just draw. Draw anything. Anything to take my mind of the thing I’m supposed to be working on. I just scribble. Sometimes those scribbles just get deleted, sometimes they get saved, and sometimes they turn into something that I put on the site.
You may have seen This Little Doggy. It was a Christmas story in did in 2001. It began like this, a quick face that got ears and a fat body and became a dog:
So I tidied it up a bit:
And re-shaped a little:
Got rid of the harsh black outline and added a few shadows:
I’d spent enough time on it at this point to have decided he was a sad dog, so gave him a setting:
Still not sure about him being a white pooch, though, so some colour variations:
It was November, so the doggy began to suggest himself as something for the festive season. Something where he could be sad and alone and end up happy, a typical FFF story trait:
I wasn’t happy with him being in a street, (although that street got used a year later in the FFF Christmas Choir animation), so I changed the setting to a forest. This was the only time I did anything on paper for this project, planning how the clearing would look:
Then it came together in Photoshop:
And, there you have it, a happy Christmas nativity-ish ending:
Ta-daaaaa! That’s how it (sometimes) happens!