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Today I thought you might enjoy a small peek behind the curtain at how Life with Squid came to be. This comic started as a school project and has changed significantly since then as it’s been developed. One of my favorite parts of that development has been working with the character designs to find something that says “Yes, this is worthy of Squid”.

Squiddipus has basically been the same since day one. His proportions have changed slightly (the fins on his head and his eyes used to be much bigger) but otherwise he’s the same as the first sketch I drew of him. The others, however, have changed significantly. They’ve each gone through some transformations before I settled on a design, and I thought it would be fun to share some of the journey they’ve taken:

Holly and Jack:

Originally, Holly and Jack were supposed to be caricatures of me and my real-life boyfriend. I started with a style much like Katie Shanahan’s work, then kept exaggerating until I eventually came to what I wanted.

I would have stopped there, but at the time my college professor demanded that I exaggerate them more and take it further:

Which is how we ended up with the Holly and Jack we know and love today:

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Squeezy:

Squiddipus’ favorite pal underwent a similar transformation, starting with a design that looked like it was possessed and going to kill someone while they slept and eventually turning into the huggable, squeakable bunny which Squiddy adores.

On a related note, Squeezy is actually based on a bunny I’ve had since I was a baby. Though, my bunny doesn’t squeak.

Shame, really.

 

~Heather