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;u; Gatorgirlsss!
I had a free morning for the first time in forever, so I figured i'd revisit the ladies who I also havent drawn in forever.. 8D Maybe i'll throw some color on this later, or perhaps just move on to new drawings, I feel pretty rusty! DX

I've been busy working two jobs, but hopefully i'll be able to get new art posted here soon?
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:iconliimlsan:
LiimLsan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
Deesh, I miss these girls... 
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Thunderbanshee Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow ur sooo gooooddddd . u inspire me sooo much!!!!!!!
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
thank you ;u;
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Angel3575 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
my two favorite animals in one. love it!
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evillionblaze Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg i love gator dogs!!    *(\(^-^)/)*
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Victorpierceart Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
Love this gatordog design!
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:iconcolonel-strawberry:
colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Thanks! Compared to some of the older versions?
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Victorpierceart Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
I didn't realize at the time that I made the comment that you had done other versions. Looking through them, I think they're all wonderful! It's hard to choose a favorite...
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G-E-Oriens Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whatever happened to the Gatordog cartoon? I lost track of you for a while-- if you never finished it, that's cool, but I just wanted to know how far you ended up getting... if you don't mind.
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
It was all roughed out/tied down, never ended up moving to color. I'd LIKE to finish it at some point but it's tough to find time after work!
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G-E-Oriens Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha I'd give money to a gatordog kickstarter, if there were ever to be one!

I completely understand about the work thing... I'll just keep enjoying your art in the meantime, and good luck with all your projects ^-^
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Really cool looking! :D
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
thanks!
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Welcome :)
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LiimLsan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
Awww, they look so grown up! They have matured a bit since they last modeled for you... Love Annabelle's new angley face!

Dang! I'm still searching for that sketchbook I took to the Big Easy... some great notes on the bayou flora I took! (And there's the question - do you want this pre- or post-Katrina? With trees or without? They both have advantages... Without has lots of cool sky colors and an overall feeling of being sized to the characters (and the power lines trailing into the distance look really cool against the brack); With has awesome trees and menacing shadows and a feeling of being larger than life.
Or they could always move around between the two, IDK even what your storyboards looked like... Damn, I'll try to recreate the sketches! They can do naught but help! Sorry!
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
That always seems to happen when I draw characters after a few years have passed since their original creation! I do need to get back on model eventually, although they might just naturally evolve anyways, if I started to re-animate the film!

:o Oh! Hm.. I feel like it would be post katrina, although I've always sort of considered this an alternate universe Bayou, just to give myself creative freedom with anything if I wanted to. But environment is definitely something I'm going to want to pay more attention to the next time around XD I swear i've redone this film at least 4 times by now.
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LiimLsan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Filmographer

You'll pull yourself on-model if you inbetween your early work first. Just try not to want to kill yourself because you 'could have done better...' No. You couldn't. You CAN DO better, but you did the absolute best you can. Relax. I'll need to tell myself this too, eh? 
Oftentimes I try to dig up old character designs and see how I've changed... a lot of my old designs make me cringe, unless I can adapt it to look less gauche. Let things evolve, it'll look interesting when you paint the backgrounds. ^u^

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Mrm. I'd say there's multiple aesthetics to take into account. I drew a couple of things I recall from the trip, imgur.com/a/IFlVt as a shapes diagram, and try to pin down just what qualities recommend them for the films... -
*Pre-Katrina/Imaginary bayous - the sort you see in the pictures, foggy and oppressive and claustrophobic. Lots of greens and browns and blacks and bronzes. Bald cypress dominates the place, worts and lilies make up the low-sunlight vegetation, and spanish moss shrouds the scape. Just... Just watch "Princess and the Frog," they got it pretty damn accurate (They studied the soil Katrina dug up, planted their own weeds, and referenced a swamp in South Carolina for the cypresses... unfortunately, the "Art of" book doesn't say where in the state...)
It's good for strong geometric shapes and lights and darks and strong raking shadows. It feels predatory enough in its own right for a lumbering obese gatordog to be funny as hayl. The air and wind are trapped by the trees and set the water close to berling. The key word is, think Heavy. The shapes and the very air are pulled by gravity a little higher than the rest of the world.

*Post-Katrina, the lake was knocked in and floodwaters and saltwater killed the trees before the Mighty Muddy flushed it back again. The trees haven't grown back yet, but the shrubs and flowers have. Scum and grasses have congealed into cute wee archipelagos that reflect in the water. Flowers of every color shroud the landscape. The bushes gather silt in the current and slowly build chains of bushes, barrier islands almost. Tall shrubs of things like Angel Trumpet and Azaela and Swamp Rose dot the landscape, and it's an indescribably interesting look, everything reflected mirrorishly in the impossibly still water, waiting for a kid to cannonball into it. Logs and collapsed dead trees jostle the landscape, sometimes an abandoned house floats by. The ultimate hide-and-seek grounds.
It's a vast yet child-sized universe, of the cutest little islands ever being made... It's a bunch of small set in a sea of big. The sky is like Saskatchewan in scope, with giant colors staining it and clouds approaching the momumental, vast surviving cypress groves in the background, a mirror sea of incredible vastness, above-ground electrical towers in the distance providing the only perspective. But in the lakes themselves, all is light and airy and young, the shrubs are probably about as old as the girl herself. This is the setting if you want Dog and Girl to seem "at home" in a giant playful world, and if you're less interested in gigantic trees and Dr. Caligari shapes than you are in gigantic swathes of gorgeous color and playful teeny designities.
It's the Mary Blair world to the cypresses' Eyvind Earle world, in animation terms. stephaniekuehnert.blogspot.com/2011/03/photo-friday-adventures-in-new-orleans.html It is, however, impossible to find reference for in the web, aside from blogs of tourists.

It occurs to me that I don't even know what the plot of the piece is, but you'd know more than me which aesthetic would suit it more...

It's good to have something you've redone a million times, hon. For me, it was liimlsan.deviantart.com/art/Ar… a webcomic about this group of nomad werewolves, which I came up with in the 9th grade and have made, at last count, either 7 or 8 different stabs at making something of the piece. I've changed the setting twice, the characters three times over (came up with 33 characters and pared it down the 8), the core concept once, and sketched an outline for the geography and two conlangs. It's nice for your brain to have something to tinker with, you know?

Unlike "Vixen," I have no plans for it... sins of me youth XD
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Megamixter Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I've always loved Gatordog! I'm glad to see these girls back again. They most definitely should not be forgotten!
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
:D They never will! No way :) Not with awesome fans like you around!
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CliffandFriends Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that's so cool
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
(:
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Toucat Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist
THESE GIRLS! I'm really really enjoying Annabelle's face and how angled it is and yet smushy. BIG OL' Nose! Now I gotta see a picture of Gatorgirl riding her noble steed. 
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Honk honk! I just looked through all the old gator stuff I had, so crazy! I remember thinking they were so good. now I pretty much HAVE to revisit all the ol concepts. Tally hooo!
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Toucat Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist
All in due time! Keep track of your ideas somewhere so you can revisit them all in the fuuuuutuuuree!
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Zenity Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Miss these two!!! So good to see them again :) Happy to hear you've got an illustration job as well! Right on!
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Yes! I don't want them to end up collecting dust!
and yeah, TWO of them, haha. I dunno why I thought it wouldn't be as much work as it is XD And nice to hear from youu! We need to do a proper catching up sometime! Mebbe an art trade or something, ahah
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Zenity Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
oooo!! That'd be fun! :) I'd love to~!
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
I just love how you draw gatordog, she's such a fun mash of squishy shapes!
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:iconcolonel-strawberry:
colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
8D she is forever the most fun character of mine to draw!
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE <3 Omg Yay I missed these gals <3 I bet it feels good to get some time off, I know that feeling way to good
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
RIGHT AHH, its been so long since I could touch any of my personal projects and Gatordog is just like the big kahuna and bah i missed em ;u; I still.. need.. to finish the film. Hahaha
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
;U; hnng yes!
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blogybo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
cool
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
C:
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saraquarelle Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
As I have 3 bull terriers, I feel like I need a Gatordog to complete the pack. Anyone knows a breeder somewhere ?
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NerdyEMT Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love these two!!
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Dusty-Demon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
smooches the perfect doggie aaa

Both of their designs are so cute :heart:
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
C:
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ChromeStallion Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!  Great to see the gang again :)  Looks awesome!
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Thanks! :D
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Wazzup1721 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Digital Artist
I missed theses babies SO MUCH!!
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:iconcolonel-strawberry:
colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
:la: me tooo!
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Trishamonstah Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHHHHHHHHH Gatordog!!! <3
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
8D RITE OMG!
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Trishamonstah Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh Gatorgirl and Gatordog need their very own feature length animated film!!! :U
It should happen. I would watch it all the time! :la:
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AnythingSuper Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Long time no see!! :D
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
C8
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AnythingSuper Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist
=D
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DoobyDoo142 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
i want a pet gatordog!!!   : O     love the art style!
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Me too! Thanks C:
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