Fighting Illustration Stagnation with Animal Celebrity Mashup

Sometimes you want to draw something but you’re just not sure where to begin. One of my favorite warm-up exercises is to take a famous celebrity (or interesting person) and mash him or her up with a random animal. Here I’ve taken Jim Carey and crossed him over with a walrus. The goal here is to come up with an unusual character, and not necessarily make the character “look” like the celebrity. This is another tool in my character design brainstorming process.

For this particular sketch, I used a program called Mischief for pencils, with inks in Manga Studio and colors in Photoshop. I took a more experimental approach with coloring, with a focus on pattern and repetition.