We began to refine our story. Sam developed a history and emotions. His old character design wasn’t conveying what he’d grown into.
Larger, more expressive orbs replaced the squinty eyes. The tall, lanky build was swapped for a shorter, well-muscled frame. Sam now favored t-shirts, dress shirts and ties over sweaters.
Creating Sam’s look also helped define the style of the comic. We experimented with more exaggerated features. I’m more comfortable drawing that style, but we felt it didn’t work for the tone of the story. Eventually we landed on a cartoony but somewhat more naturalistic style.
The process of designing Sam Grant is a reflection of the The Brothers Grantdevelopment as a whole. There’s been a lot of trial and a enough error to fill a cargo ship, but we’ve learned a lot through that. We hope the result is a story and characters you will care about.
New story starts July 26th. See you there.