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Character Design Concepts: Egyptians

Character Design

Here are a few character designs for a couple of  illustrations that I’m working on. The idea is to draw a few scenes of the life on the Ancient Egypt so I did a little research on the subject. Then worked on different type of characters as warriors, slaves, writers and women so I can get the feel for the project. Right now, one of the scenes is about a bunch of slaves working the wheat near the Nile and the other is about the Egyptian gods. I’ll show you more work later.

Character Design Concepts: Egyptian Spirit

Character Design

Cartoon character design concepts of an Egyptian spirit for a future illustration project by Rick Ruiz-DanaHere are a few concept designs, in a sketch quality (bear with me), for a character that is part of a illustration I’m doing for a book’s friend. The idea is about Aj Sheut, an egyptian powerful spirit who is at the commands of the owner of a sacred book. I did an extensive research of images and whatever I can find about the ancient Egypt and with that I started to sketch the character. You may notice that some elements keep coming on each version, like the long faces and the Horus’ eye symbol, that is very important on the story. At some point I did a face based on a chacal’s cranium, because of the character afinity with the god Anubis, but I ended liking the human faces more. I did a few more versions trying to incorporate some egyptian motif. I would show you an advance of the illustration on a future post.

365 Characters

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365 Cartoon Characters project for my blogThere you go. It has been a full year since that first character. It was a great experience and also a challenge for myself. I started the 365 characters project because I wanted to generate fresh content for my blog regularly and also because I wanted to grow as a cartoonist.

It started back in February 2011 when I was working with my pals on an animation studio. There we talked about videogames and animation and many cool things and that fueled my ideas so, at some point, I really wanted to start something bigger than before.

Anyway, I still have lots of work to do related to this project. I’m starting a huge poster with all the characters (some have been asking, thanks a lot!) and a couple of side projects. Also I would be working on this site to fix a few things and more content. Thank you for reading and for all your nice comments and support during this year.

365 Heads Monster

365 characters

365_Cartoon_Powerful_365_Heads_Chimera_Monster_with_Wisdom_for_the_Beholders_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaWell, here it is my final character for the series. He is a powerful monster chimera with lots of things to teach if you are there to listen. Anyway, it was a really cool experience, and lots of work too. I want to sincerely thank you for reading my blog and for the kind comments on my facebook, twitter and here. It has helped me a lot to keep going. So, well, it feels cool to finish something.

363 Elephant of Troy

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363_Cartoon_Playful_big_Trojan_Elephant_who_doesnt_want_to_be_a_War_Weapon_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaThis big elephant is a playful and very noble. He just wants to play with his new army friends. They are trying to teach him how to enter in the enemy’s city without making too much noise, but he is not getting it. Still, he lets them play hide and seek on his mount. The Trojans can’t sleep with all the noise they are making.

362 Protective Minotaur

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362_Cartoon_Mythology _Warrior_Minotaur_protecting_some_chickens_with_his_Sword_By_Rick_ruiz-DanaHere it is a brave minotaur warrior swinging his sword to protect the little chickens from the evil goblins. He just wants to have peace on the magic valley without somebody eating somebody, that’s all. Anyway, fantasy concepts are always very cool.

361 Movie Director

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361_Cartoon_old_Fashioned_1930_Movie_Director_making_an_adventure_Film_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaMovies are almost a new thing if you compare them with other type of art. Still, there is a huge legacy made by all those people who made those classic films. This cartoon motion picture director is really happy to do his part on the industry. He hopes his movie becomes a huge success so he can make many more films in the future.

 

360 Ugly Cowboy on Pretty Horse

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360_Cartoon_Ugly_Bandit_Cowboy_with_a_Combed_Groomed_Pretty_and_Cute_Horse_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaThe wild west is a tough place. You need to be prepared for anything that the life sends you, even if is some horrible decease or the gold fever. On the other side, even if most people doesn’t have manners, there is not a rule that says that you can’t bathe yourself almost every week. The same with your horse. This cartoon ugly bandit knows it.

359 Mister Flame

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359_Cartoon_Mr_Flame_Creature_who_can_Destroy_the_Shadows_of_Darkness_with_his_Fire_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaThis cartoon small flame has been fighting the shadows for a lot of time. He and his friends just defeated the evil and freed their homeland but now they have a bigger quest; to defeat the shadows from the nearest kingdoms. His advantage on the battlefield is he can start up a fire pretty much anywhere, that bothers the shadows a lot because they hate fireworks.

 

358 Amazon Warrior

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358_Cartoon_Skilled_Amazon_Female_Warrior_Protecting_the_Sacred_Temple_from_Intruders_by_Rick_ruiz-DanaShe is a tough amazon warrior who has been training very hard her whole life. That temple, and pretty much all in the island, isn’t going to be safe just by itself; the amazon army is need it to protect it from outsiders. I always liked mythology so I wanted to draw something in that flavor.. and by the way, I love how the armor ended.

357 Lucha Libre Crocodile

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357_Cartoon_Crocodile_Wrestling_Luchador_doing_his_best_for_the_Fans_on_the_Ring_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaThe terror of the ring, this cartoon wrestling crocodile is the former champion of the league. Actually there is no real match for his skills so he’s waiting for a new challenger to come. lucha libre animal style!

 

356 Octo Brain

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356_Cartoon_Octobrain_Alien_creature_with_Mind_Powers_who_works_in_a_Circus_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaAs a powerful alien, this guy can use telekinesis to move objects around and amuse people on the spacial circus. When he gets mad he shoots his mind ray to the audience. But he is a nice guy after all.

355 Onion Kid

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355_Cartoon_Cute_Onion_Kid_with_No_Friends_at_School_because_he_is_Smelly_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaHe is just a kid with a powerful weapon; his onion smell. Also he can make others cry easily, what is a problem in the school, because nobody wants to play with him. Anyway, he’ll grow up and find good friends, someday.

354 Jinn Spirit

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354_Cartoon_Jinn_Djinn_Genie_with_cool_powers_controlled_by_a_spell_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaGenies with magical powers are always cool. Controlled by a wise wizard who knows the spell, this Jinn or Djinn can fly, create objects from thin air and kidnap princesses. One of the first books I read when kid was One thousand and one nights, that fueled my imagination.