Okay, last little character design bit – for now – that I’ll walk you through is Josh’s first few takes on Detective Honeybear himself. The one above was the first design he sent me, along with the below, alternate take:
…And as much as I love how adorable that bear is, it was probably a little too cutesy for the story we were putting together, and DH’s character in particular. Here’s a third version Josh sent me, just cause:
…Which I think I want to use at some point, just because it looks like some sort of stuffed monkey. Hm, maybe this could be Detective Honeybear’s Moriarty? What do you guys think?
Once we decided on the more serious version of the character, my main suggestion was, “Let’s see what he looks like in a trench-coat and fedora,” which of course, Josh nailed. Only suggestion then was to remove the seam…
…And viola! There’s Detective Honeybear.
Chance, of all the characters – except maybe Honeybear – went through the most iterations as Josh and I went back and forth on design. This first one was pretty swingin’, and I believe Josh was going for an angular design to contrast everyone else. But it almost seemed a little too sharp to me.
This next iteration went almost into the opposite direction… The trench-coat made him a little too much like Honeybear, and the face didn’t look Asian-American to me anymore. In fact, I think what Josh said was, “It’s really hard to make him look Asian-American to me anymore. Fun fact: did you know Chance was Asian-American? He is! Diversity!
This is the final-ish version of Chance Josh sent back… Without out and out drawing the guy, I suggested taking a look at Daniel Dae-Kim, particularly how his high cheekbones define his face. His handsome, beautiful… Point is, Josh figured out what I meant without actually doing what I asked, which is why he’s a good artist, and I’m terrible at describing what I want.
That said, I think the suit nails it.