Arlecchino!

illustration detail of a harlequinn

This fellow was designed and then fully animated as an intro to our old animation showreel way, way back…

Similar feel to my Cheeky Monkey Illustration »

Head-Only Version

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Above: Finished piece

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2nd Full-figure Version

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Above: 2nd version Finished piece
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Above: In progress, detail
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Above & Below: In progress, detail

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Old 1994 Version

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Above: The now somewhat ropey looking 1994 version, on paper with studio markers

Background Info

I first worked on this character in 1994, but I lately recreated and updated him—on paper but also and in Photoshop.

I always had a MARVEL comics character named Batroc the Leaper – who may have only ever appeared in a Twinkies comic strip ad with Spidey partially in mind for this one. He had the same big muscular thighs and bum.

“Eet eez I: BATROC ZEE LEEPAIR!” [supposely a French voice] he would announce. It cracked me and my young friends up, especially when he listed off his many annoying habits such as:

“Breaking – ‘ow you say? – zee wind in zee lifts!”

The animation of this looked amazing. Cel-painted and painstakingly shaded with Chinagraph pencils and set to the ‘Day of Judgement’ from Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Requiem’. It was the richest-looking animation we ever did and very Classical Disney in feel.

illustration: John White
Media: Pencil, Paper, Photoshop

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