Saturday, April 10, 2010

City of Cards: Plato, the Ace of Hearts

One of my classmates Paul has been saying we should share old embarassing artwork to, I dunno, give each other some idea of where we're coming from and maybe give each other and ourselves something to laugh about? I guess I'm just starting early on that.

Okay, even moreso than Ace, you may want to avert your eyes because Plato has made an even bigger character change than Ace.

Oof, uh, well I don't honestly know when I drew that picture so I'm guessing some time in 2003 and it must be one of the earlier pictures of him because I quickly realized that something needed to change. Ugh, okay, let's move on...

Plato is definitely starting to live up to his name these days. In fact, when I started to redesign his character I did a lot more research about the philosopher Plato when thinking about what direction to go. Seeing as the original Plato's name meant "broad" as in big physically I decided to add a couple of inches to Plato's height and even more to his girth. He's definitely got a bit of the gentle giant thing going on.

Also, you can definitely start to see the big shift in direction I've been slowly pushing my art style towards and the look I've been developing here at CCS.

Plato is a much more straightforward character than Ace. This isn't to say he's blunt, more that his moral compass and philosophy on life doesn't tend to switch around much on itself. This makes him a great counterpart to Ace's constant mental imbalance.

Comics are better with friends. I drew that picture a few months ago, but it's still one of my favorites. Bill and Ted would be proud.

So, that's the first two main characters I'll be touching on for now as they're the two that will be appearing in my pre-thesis project that I'm working on. I'll continue to introduce the world of City of Cards and the people in it as I begin the main chapters following Ghosts of Samsara.

Next update I'll be putting up information for anyone that might be interested in ordering a first run copy of this comic and maybe some more sample work for you guys. I may take a break from scouring the archives for old art, though.


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