Are These Interesting?

  • SVS OG

    Thanks to my new little one life has been CRAZY (but totally worth it) the past few weeks. I thought I would have/make more opportunities to keep drawing during my paternity leave but that didn't happen. So now I'm trying to get back into the game and my idea in progress is "a snowman chasing a dog who stole his arm" concept for the November prompt. So far, I'm the "slow" part on how long it took me to start but I finally started sketching out ideas and character designs. I decided to fill a sketchbook page with different snowmen trying various shapes to see what would come from it. I wonder constantly if the work I'm doing is actually interesting to others. Are any of these designs interesting to you guys? Are they all bad or bland? Which ones stand out and why?Discussions and crits are welcome.


  • @jon-anderson No.5 stood out to me because it's different from how you normally see snowmen.
    But in a good way, I would be interested in seeing more of that!

  • Moderator

    After a quick glance I like 5, 10, 11 & 14.
    I was trying to decide why I liked them so
    I looked closer. Non of the ones I like have feet. Go figure lol. Maybe I like a classic snowman. The ones that have to stay where you put them. Of those four I like the stump the best. He’s very original. πŸ‘

  • SVS OG

    @craig-imrie Thanks for the feedback! I'm very curious about this character, too. I may have to explore his world a little more and see what I find there.

  • SVS OG

    @burvantill Thanks for the comment! I guess there's a reason why the classic is the classic. The little stumpy one keeps grabbing my attention, too, so I'll have explore that further.

  • 1 and 10 are my faves. 1 has a real elderly wisdom-dispensing neighbour vibe to him. 10 is just jolly and vibrant; it's all in his face, while the shrug gives him a happy-go-lucky feel. πŸ™‚

  • I love 5.. Very original, kinda creepy. Like you said, explore his world--if not for this project, then for something.

  • I really like 6 and 10, I also love 11 but maybe he's a bit too creepy for the story concept you're going for? I like how round and clumsy 6 and 10 could be if they were chasing a little dog, number 6 also has a sad look about him which tells me more about his character and personality!
    I love number 10's jumper! πŸ˜ƒ

  • SVS OG

    @misterlorde The first thing I thought of when reading your comment on number 1 was the Wilson character from the show Home Improvement. That could be fun to play around with. Number 10 does seem very expressive and full of energy. Thanks for the feedback!

  • SVS OG

    @hannahmccaffery The goal on this page morphed into a "draw X amount of things" type challenge with snowmen about halfway through and I thought if I found a great design I could change the idea accordingly. I do want to refine most of these and see if I can do 25 to start and maybe little by little turn it into the Design 100 Somethings that Jake (I think) started. I like the humor aspect you mentioned with the clumsiness of 6 and 10. Thanks!

  • SVS OG

    @eli Thanks for the encouragement! I just now thought, "If he's trying to shoo away a bird from resting on him what would he do if a dog came along ready to leave his mark?" I can't leave him alone now. I have to go back and explore sometime!

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @jon-anderson 11 jumps to me. But depending on the story it may not fit. But he is a great character. 9 has a great shape for a simple illustration. I also like 6.

  • SVS OG

    @chip-valecek Thanks Chip! 11 was really fun to draw. I had Scrooge in mind as an old curmudgeon snowman and it went from there.

  • @jon-anderson No problem!

  • @jon-anderson 4 stood out to me … he has attitude, yet he's in the shape of a heart … so he may be mean looking, but I think he's a big softy and full of love really πŸ™‚ I'm curious what he's about to do next though lol

  • First of all congratulations on being a Father! wow so exciting and crazy! I has a couple in there I liked but I think the one that called to me most was the smallest one #12....the child snowman for some reason that concept of a little snowman made by a little kid so I guess it would be a snow kid... I just love that idea I can see a little kid copying their dad in making a snowman and this little mini snowman comes to life and is a snowkid! I'm sure there are all sorts of adventures he/she could get into including being bullied by the neighborhood stray dog. Love your thumbnails all of them are great ideas!

  • SVS OG

    @Jon-Anderson I like 4, 5 and 7, the character design of 5 really work well I would like to see that design to be fully render

  • 3 and 11 are my fav β€” snowgrandpas ftw!! All of them together would work well as a series too, especially if they were to interact

  • SVS OG

    Thank you guys for all your feedback! The month is quickly getting away from me and I am running out of time for the contest. It's nearly the antithesis of Slowvember except I've been able to at least think about it from time to time. I was able to do some thumbnails but they all follow the same concept of the snowman searching for the arm and the dog has it elsewhere. Do any of these compositions have potential? After outlining them I'm drawn to #3 but it may just be the simplicity of it. Also, does any of this say "slow" to anyone?

  • @jon-anderson I really like #5. The snowman looking in the doghouse really captures my eye the most.

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