Anonymous asked: What made you decide to change Mega, Proto, and Roll's facial structure from a rounded shape to a more solid set? Was it an overall readjustment to make them consistant and easy to tell they're related? Or was it something else, like an overall style change?
I wish I had a thoughtful answer for this, but the truth is I suck at drawing characters in RS style!
(I don’t have any old sketchbooks handy for evidence, so the above is the best I can do). But apart from my, um, ‘skill deficiencies,’ the reason behind the style change is also to work on drawing a more ‘western’ style drawing, as much of my figure drawing background is in drawing anime/manga characters.
I’ve always admired Disney art, and while I don’t want to duplicate it, I use it as a reference for drawing RS art (I have a folder on my desktop of collected Glen Keane sketches that I like to rifle through).
I also really like how the Gotham girls are drawn in Batman: TAS. So I guess it’s more me coming into my own style, but I’m still learning and practicing to get better. :) If Mega Man, Proto Man, and Roll all look like siblings then I am proud, but that may have less to do with intention than lack of diverse characters designs on my part. ^^;
Another point to make is the official Ruby-Spears designs look youthful, and I wanted to make it clear that Proto Man, Mega Man, and Roll are at the mental maturity (and appearance) of humans in their late teens/early 20s, or that strange cocktail of immaturity, budding independence, and a dash of willfulness that characters experience while coming into their own and choosing the course they’d like to set for the rest of their life (in theory). I also draw all the characters to have more realistic proportions (as discussed in this post) which is another major style change.