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A doodle a day – Day Twenty Three

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A Doodle A Day - Day Twenty Three

Day Twenty Three

Octopussy – Mixed animal illustration

Today I decided to move away from my normal character creation of using just a single animal or creature for my inspiration and decided to mix it up a little. I would like to introduce you today to Octopussy, an eight legged cat with the body and legs of an octopus but the facial features and ears of a cute cat.

Usually I try to add some depth to my characters by adding some shading and highlights, today I decided to skip this step for more of a flattened look. Why? Because for the geeks out there Octopussy is the famous James Bond Film, starring everyone’s favourite 70s actor Roger Moore. What has this got to do with the design? What child of the 80’s doesn’t remember waking up early in the morning to dated 70s Hanna-Barbera cartoons and relishing in watching Wacky Races & Scooby Doo? So there you have it, from James Bond, to actor, to childhood memories, this cartoon is inspired by those early morning TV marathons.

I also added some small circular details and some touches of fur to provide a little insight into what the creature is covered in. Is it fur? Is it slime? Or maybe just colour? Who knows.

For the background I took the brush tool and just scribbled around a little to try and make it look as thought it was string that had been played with by the creature and give it that 70s retro feel.

All in all I think the mixing of an octopus and a cat has worked pretty well. Perhaps a few more details could be added and thinking about it the addition of a tail might have worked pretty well.

Thanks for taking the time to read today’s doodle. If you have any thoughts or questions then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment  below.

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Note: All designs, sketches,  etc are copyright and remain the property of Simon Cross and cannot be used for any purpose other than for your own inspiration.

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