Here is my entry for December! Introducing Monty the Lumberjack Yeti.
The thoughts behind making Monty a lumberjack is quite simple. I thought about what SVS Learn said in their podcast about thinking on what makes the character so unique and why. Monty is a yeti and his environment is mainly in mountainous terrain so I thought about what other things like to hang out in that environment and a lumberjack came up. It was an added bonus that lumberjacks aren't animalistic, so it adds a bit of spunk.
I also considered the shape of the yeti as well. In my research of different cartoon styles of the yeti I found most of the designs were quite rounded, so to add a contrast to usual styles of art I decided to make the yeti more square to add a bit more shape language. The square communicates strength and I wanted that to be incorporated. With that said I also rounded the corners to show a softer and friendlier character.
With this color and pattern pallet I didn't stray too far from traditional pallets you'd find in a lumberjack or a yetti because I wanted to make it obvious what this character is meant to be.
I also added a homemade stone axe as an added prop to help build the character's personality as a lumberjack. The geese are Canadian because...well... I'm Canadian. They add more to his story as a character and the environment he lives in, and you can tell that he has a personal vendetta with the flying bomber squad. I thought it'd be great to add to these poses set out by SVS Learn, to add more of a feeling of laughter and whimsy.