Last week I went on Twitter to ask for a sketch theme for February. After turning down “hippos” and “pickles” I settled on Pixar and Dreamworks characters. I haven’t ever been asked to draw any of those, and you can’t go wrong with Pixar. (Although no one has ever asked me to draw hippos either.)
Today’s sketch is Carl from Pixar’s Up. Carl’s design, like the other characters in the film, are perfect examples of basing characters on a shape. I read that Pixar decided squares represent the past, while circles and curves represent the future. With Carl and Russell side by side you can see the grouchy, immovable Carl contrasted with the buoyancy of youth.
Below is my ink sketch . I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Then I figured I’d see how it would look with a light wash of watercolors. For you artists out there, the Pentel Brush Pen doesn’t bleed after it’s dried. Unfortunately, my scanner here makes color scans a bit under-saturated.