Sketches for Pretzel Boy

OriginalsketchCrop
A whopping 4 years ago, I made and posted this little sketch. Fast forward to this summer, and I had an idea to do a promo using 4 business cards. This guy popped into my head and a strange little story began to take shape.

Sketch1
I originally had him tabled, eating the defeated, evil hot dog. I might have gone this route if it didn't present the dilemma of needing a horizontal format. I also liked the idea of a 'picnic' cape, but it seemed too detailed once these got to their business card size.

Sketch2
I DO regret not re-referencing my original sketches. I love the little bean like shape, simplicity, and giant-head proportions in these thumbnails. I usually scan and blow up my thumbnails, but didn't in this case. The final art reflects past work, so it does slide right into my portfolio. I did love that little bowing gesture for the last frame but I think he needed to fly down to connect the dots of the story.