Matt Forsythe is an illustrator based out of Montreal, and the lead designer on the cartoon Adventure Time, which I’m a pretty big fan of. He has a few different styles he likes to cycle through. Most of the time he uses saturated/muted colours and a washy/water-colour painting style with thick dark lines. The way he draws his figures varies a lot, so I decided to stick with the style that he draws for the show, because the drawings are simpler and you can really see the design of the characters.
His lines are usually left pretty rough throughout all his work, so instead of making a vector drawing (which would be my first instinct with anything Adventure Time), I left my lines rough after scanning them in. He rarely draws backgrounds for his more cartoony-work, but I decided to include on just to complete the composition. I basically just made a character that looks like something he would add to the show. The figure is super simple (which is probably easier to animate), and was originally painted with bright colours. I took the image into Lightroom after painting it in Photoshop to mute the colours a little and put a filter on it to look more like a water colour painting than a digital drawing. On Matt’s blog he talks a lot about how he mostly does digital work but really appreciates it when he gets to use traditional mediums.
I really tried to emulate his loose style of illustrating. I didn’t stress of staying in the lines but rather tried to put some movement into the drawing. I’m not sure if it was successful, because I find the drawing itself is still pretty stiff, but I really like how the colours and painting turned out. If I were to do this again, I’d simplify it even more and have just the character.