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Jonathan Wotton
Character Designer

Artist Portfolio

Smoking Pig
United Kingdom

Casey Roonan, Comics Artist & Cartoonist

Casey Roonan
Cartoonist & Comics Artist

Artist Statement
“I’m a freelance illustrator specializing in cartoon character and mascot design. I have a great love for bold, colorful characters and certainly anything that makes me laugh!

When I was a kid I was always doodling some sort of cartoon and this seemed like the natural path to follow as an illustrator. I have been making a living from mainly mascot design for small businesses for the last 5 years but I’m now attempting to take this a step further, which is why I wanted a critique from Art Prof.”

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2 responses on "Jonathan Wotton"

  1. There is a fantastic variety of characters in your portfolio, each is very unique. Your technical skills and lighting are on point too.
    Now comes the fun part! Expanding the personality and world of them. I like that you’ve started to dive into this exploration in the female warrior illustration. You’ve included multiple emotions and that’s really important to see in a character designers portfolio. I think it would be great to now see different views of the character. It is important to turn and see all the angles of a character including their back. Once you have designed the first it becomes very easy to create the rest by using guidelines at certain points like the head, shoulders, knees, etc… This step allows you to maintain proportionally consistency throughout. For every character you create you need a character sheet that includes expressions, turn around studies and some fun poses. Have fun with it!

  2. It’s great to see your distinct style shine throughout all of these pieces. You’ve really established a way of creating your characters, and they all have a ton of personality!

    I would encourage you to think about cutting down how many characters you are showing in your portfolio, and rather show us various expressions, poses, and maybe even character interactions of a few of your characters. I would love to see what the troll looks like standing up, from a profile view, maybe on its phone. Or what the zombie would look like if it was full of glee! Seeing the multiple expressions of the character in the white dress with the sword and shield gives me a much greater understanding of them as a character than what I would have gotten from just one pose. I’d love to see you demonstrate the range of personality and depth of character through their design, just like you’ve shown us the range of different characters you’re able to design.

    Great work!

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