It worked out that this sketch fits perfectly with Illustration Friday's word of the week: REVENGE. So I digitally colored the original sketch and submitted this to the I.F. website.
Illustration Friday: Every Friday a word is given on the website, IllustrationFriday.com. Artists and illustrators then submit an image that represents that word all during the week.
|Digitally colored and added a dark background, helps emphasize the glow of the fizzy drink test tube|
Well, immediately, I thought of this character, and how I could use this sketch to emphasize "evil" . . . even though this character would actually be the kindest person on the planet, having just invent a great tasting and healthy fizzle drink for children.
|The first version of this image: Digitally colored in Photoshop using various water color and texture brushes|
Image felt too flat . . . needed more depth and darkness
This sketch was inspired by a character concept I thought about for a story.
The idea is simple - create a character who appears to be vile, corrupt and evil -- but make him really be the kindest, most generous and caring person possible. I could see many uses for such a character, mostly for the humor, but also as a children's book character who can teach life lessons about prejudging others.
|Original Pencil Sketch: Prof. Vormit excited about creating his great tasting health drink for children|
Once I finished the sketch, his name came to me instantly.
Prof. Vormit (a combination of varmint and vomit. I dropped the second T in his name, it just looks better.)
He's such a nice guy . . . really. . .