Droids Custom Ree Yees: It begins!!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-02-12, 07:48:46

Ok, I've been sitting on my butt doing nothing long enough. I've gotten that twinge of restlessness that makes me realize it's time to get to work on another Droids Custom. My next project will be (in case you somehow missed the headline) Ree Yees!

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Ree Yees was one of my absolute favorite characters when I was a kid, so this one is pretty special for me. I've been tossing around ideas in my head for a while, but it was only in the last couple days that one of them stuck. And so far, I'm happy with how things are coming together with the pencils.

I began with some rough sketches to figure out the composition and anatomy for Ree Yees. He has those awesome, chunky hands I want to make prominent in the piece. A lot of my early ideas had him slapping or slamming his hand down on a table. What I ended up going with isn't quite that deliberate, but I think it'll end up being more exciting.

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After I had a good idea how I wanted him posed (and after I reenacted the pose myself on my living room floor to make sure I had the anatomy right), I began working on final pencils. And look at this... I pulled something out of the old toolbox that I haven't played with in years: Single-point perspective! I had a specific environment in mind, and rather than wing it like I normally do, I decided to make full use of my trusty ruler.

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I still have a lot of details to add to the art, and with Toy Fair NY 2020 coming up a week from now, I'm not sure how much time I'll have to work on this in the short term. But I've taken the first step.

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