I'm looking for fun, clever, silly illustrations which reimagine famous historical figures as dogs.
I have a standard, portrait format for the design (attached for reference), which is an oval frame with the character name (in this case, 'Ned Kelpie') along the bottom written on a ribbon (which is actually a dog's collar).
The emphasis of the creative work will be on creating the character in an illustrative style which makes both the breed of dog and the human character they represent recognisable. This can obviously be through the character themselves, but also contextual clues in the graphic style, background, dress, etc.
To try and convey this, I have attached for reference a concept sketch and colorised version of another character: Julius Shiba. He was a combination of Julius Caesar and a shiba inu dog. What I loved about this design when it was completed was how both the dog and the person were instantly recognisable through style, colour, dress, and Roman columns in the background. The facial expression was also amazing, and is obviously a dog but set in a confident, smug expression that you'd expect from Caesar, without anthropomorphising the dog too much.
The character of Ned Kelpie will be a combination of the Australian outlaw/RobinHood Ned Kelly and a kelpie breed of dog (they come in many colours, but I'm most interested in the classic black and gold/yellow). Pictures of both attached, but designers are encouraged to hit google for inspiration and assistance. Also attached is a picture of the self-manufactured helmet Ned Kelly famously wore in a shootout with police and his wanted poster.
Here are some examples/ideas of how a portrait might look:
- Ned Kelpie at a table in a dingy shack, with his 'wanted' poster and helmet on the table in front of him
- Ned Kelpie by a campfire in the bush with his loot, helmet or other gang members in the background
- Ned Kelpie in the bush with a derailed/robbed train in the background
- Ned Kelpie's 'wanted' poster turned into the portait
... You get the idea
Two challenges for designers to navigate:
- Ned Kelly (the human) had a big bushy beard, but it is hard to give a dog that beard without making them very human. As a compromise, maybe designers could try give the character a 'fake' beard - e.g. smoke from a candle forms a beard-shape under his chin, he is sitting above a beard-shaped bush, etc
- Because the character is a dog, and I want to reveal his face, it's very hard for him to actually wear the famous helmet even though it is important and iconic, so it may need to be included elsewhere in the picture as a contextual clue
Designers are encouraged to submit concept sketches of their ideas initially which can be developed further in revisions or the next round.