Over on The Gentleman's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse I run a weekly series titled Guest Zombie of the Week where I feature famous characters as zombies, so far I've featured characters such as Pac Man, Doctor Who and Batman.
This week I felt like doing a Disney theme and put the call out for suggestions, got some really interesting ideas but in true Lee style I went my own way and selected Chip and Dale because I could see them in the end product in my head. I suspect I'll revisit some of the suggestions though down the road.
What makes a Disney character is the style that it's done in so I figured I'd have to merge mine with the distinct Disney look but I don't think I've ever drawn a Disney character "in character" before but fortunately for me a quick trip to Google supplied me with a great guide to drawing Chip and Dale (unfortunate URL though).
At the last minute I grabbed the camera and took some photos at each key point of the illustration process. Sorry about the photos I didn't bother making sure the light was right and then I enhanced them to see the lines clearly...
We start with the basic building blocks to frame them on the page and give you something to work off.
I started the details on the heads next, Chip and Dale slightly differ in that Dale has a larger nose and a tuft of hair. I wasn't quite sure at this point if I'd keep the basic Disney eye shape or change it to my zombie circles.
The bodies were probably a little longer than they should have been but I don't think it's that noticeable in the end I also added the zombie mouth but at this point I generally hold off on the zombified damage to the bodies unless there's a specific damage I want to include.
For my usual zombie guide pieces I use a very flat straight baseline for the ground which I included on this one but after tracking down some awesome Disney backgrounds I drew a full background from an actual Chip and Dale animation.
When I start inking the pencils this is the point that I start adding the zombie damage. Also at the time I'd taken this I was still undecided over the eyes.
With all of my zombie pieces I always draw the characters first and then build up the world around them. For this one I had a pretty clear layout though so I could have jumped straight into it. I use .3 Copic Multi Liner for the main characters and also on backgrounds on the normal pieces but thought I'd use a mix of .1 and .8 for the background just to break it up.
Normally I don't weight the lines in the guide but Disney style has quite heavy lines so after finishing up (after this photo) I thickened up a few of them to give them more of a Disney feel.
You can see the finished product over at The Gentleman's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: Guest Zombie of the Week: Chip and Dale.
Next time I might try and show the anatomy of one of the weekly guide pieces but video it or something.
Let me know if you found this interesting