cartoon process - Phylis and Ethel the ostrich

With this new series of cartoon process posts, I intend to show the steps I take from initlal idea to completed cartoon.

ostrich-cartoon

Over the last few months I seem to have drawn quite a few ostriches, like the one above.

villain-damsel-cartoon

I'd also recently drawn an old-fashioned dastardly villain having the tables turned on him by the damsel.

woman-and-ostrich-cartoon

I thought it would be interesting to combine the lady and the ostrich together in one picture, although I wasn't sure at this point what the gag would be.

Here's how it looked when I first put them together. There's quite a differenve in the thickness of lines between the two characters and it really feels as though they were cut and pasted together, which they were.

ostrich-and-woman-cartoon

I traced over the two characters to create new versions of them and to get consistency with thickness of line. I still hadn't thought of a gag at this stage, and that I needed something more than just the two of them together. I then thought what is it she is actually looking at> Is it the ostrich?, or is there something else going on behind the ostrich?

I then came up with the idea that the ostrich was of an ideal height to steal someone's hairpiece and that formed the basic idea of the gag.

cartoon-ostrich

Here is the gag in it's first appearance, along with the caption.

ostrich-party-cartoon

As the gag is now set at a party, I thought it would be good to add some minimal background detail to imply the scene. I wanted to keep the background pretty minimal so as not to distract attention away from the characters.

party-cartoon

Phylis has now been given more of a party dress, and also has one shoe peaking out from under the hem. The background scene has been filled out a bit more to imply groups of people chatting. Ethel the ostrich's tail is being redrawn at this point.

ostrich-party-cartoon

Finally, the backgournd and floor have had dark washes applied to really make the characters stand out.

ostrich-stealing-wig

I returned to the cartoon one more time to smudge out some of the water marks.

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