So, when they got the “African American Gary”, they decided that although they liked the race change for SOMEONE in their cast of characters, they didn’t like it for Gary. They then emphasized how they REALLY liked the original version they sent. Which was, of course, Carl from Jimmy Neutron. They explained how he was perfect, from the funny hair, to the big glasses, to the freckles, etc. So, basically, they still want Carl. So, my dilemma became “How do I give them Carl WITHOUT giving them Carl?” After playing around for awhile, I sent through these sketches. The first is basically Carl, but with Alfalfa from “The Little Rascals”s, hair. On the second one, I tried to change it up just a bit, and pushed the shapes more, making him more graphically strong. On the third one I did that even more, but really went far away from Carl. All in all, the second one was my favorite. It was the client’s as well.
Until he showed his wife. Now, they want to see a skinny version of “Gary/Carl”.
See, isn’t character design fun?