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February 5, 2013


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Louis, Louis, Always Whining ...

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:39 PM
"I'm not whining, I'm complaining. Do you want to hear whining?" --…

Okay, no, on a more serious note: I've just had to re-draw the last two days' worth of frames and in-betweens for Louis because I realized I'd been drawing him "wrong".

Throughout Louis's character progress he's undergone several changes, most based on my own personal decisions, but many were also due to feedback from you guys here on DA, and I realise now that the "Louis is too skinny I don't like it" comments got to me more than they should have.

What these people don't realize is that Louis is ridiculously tall and skinny on purpose: he's a cartoon. He's not meant to be realistic, he's meant to be an exaggeration of the flamboyant gay stereotype, the skinny French stereotype, and his design reflects his wiles and cunning when it comes to out-witting his opponents. Out of all his design evolutions, this below still remains my favorite:

It's older art I realize, and the color scheme is out of date, but that to me was his most fun and most "accurate" design. It's also the point in time when I still had the most fun drawing him, and from this point on I'm going to try to go back to that style. If I'm going to be animating him frame after frame - and if I'm going to be drawing him panel after panel to tell his story in a graphic novel - then I want to have fun doing it. These proportions and caricatures for faces and body types also make it more fun to design his crew and other characters he will be interacting with in his world.

If cartoony styles aren't your thing then I'm sorry, but there are plenty of other artists out there you can find with more "realistic" proportions. Louis was, is, and always should be "fun".

Besides ... you could always just go to my sister's account to see him with more "realistic" proportions:

Fais Pas Chier by threevoices

There. Just had to get that off my chest. Now, back to those frames ...


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ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Louis is too skinny....and I LOVE it! Keep to your guns on his design, cartoony is never bad thing! :) Good luck with the frames!
Moveforwards Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I love that he's super skinny!!! :3
Ma-Junior Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013   General Artist
Hey he's yer guy, personally I do like his 'cartoony' appearance.
And it's important for you to have fun with him as well.
No point in drawing something that your not going to have fun with, forced art never goes well.
kitty-eared-girl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an art site. People need to learn what it means to have stylized characters. Personally, considering where you drew the inspiration for Louis from, I thought his frame/build was quite fitting.

Hope those frames are going well!
JessicaBlood Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
He's still a huge stereotype and the fact the only gay character in this...series(?) runs around molesting straight men is rather offensive.
Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh, gee, I wonder if being a stereotype was intentional at all.
Yetac Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thaaat's just what I've been thinking about when I read the comments. I love that he's a cartoon, and I love love LOVE dem curls! lol
Sorry you have to redo some of the work though. :P Still eagerly awaiting the finished film. SO COOL! ZOMG! :excited:
Murielle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I always figure that Louis' stick-figure is a nod towards the go-to style of fashion designers. Look at those lovely wispy bodies and Louis fits in ever so perfectly. And his proportions are not that out of line for animation, look at Clopin, Ling from Mulan or even Arthur from The Sword & the Stone. If they should be complaining about anyone, I would say complain about James for looking too normal in comparison. XD

In the end, they are your babies. People can complain all they want and deal with it. I am sure they would complain about the aforementioned characters too, but the difference is that they only get to see those characters when finished and unchangeable. You get the feed back from them during the whole of the process. Listen to the voices you trust, most of all the one inside yourself.
Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I did indeed keep those ridiculous proportions in mind when I designed him. Someone as fashion-conscious as him would be only too happy to show off the ideal model figure for fashion drawing.
Murielle Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Haha, every walk down the street is a cat-walk strut when you walk with Louis.
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