Gnome Henchman Character Design

Hi everybody!

Ah, the trusted henchmen of evil. They come in all kinds, don´t they?

I will design two of these henchmen to serve at the heels of my main villain in a story arc I am producing at the moment.  For the two henchmen I wanted two different supernatural beings. But I didn´t want any supernatural creature that has been used too much, like vampires, skeletons, werewolves etc (at least not in this particular case).

What I settled on for the first henchman was an evil-looking gnome. After all, what is scarier than a garden gnome, right? I wanted the gnome to look a bit like the traditional garden gnome, but more gritty and worn-down in a way.

Here is one of the first sketches I made:




I dropped the traditional jacket that you find on most garden gnomes since I thought it looked a bit too friendly.


First I thought maybe this gnome would be all crazed and short-tempered, but then I decided against it and I wanted him to be more murderous and more the look of someone that will get things done clean and efficient. So I messed around with a few sketches and at this point I have landed on something like the images below:






I really liked his big polished shoes in contrast to the rest of his scruffy clothes. Still a work in progress, of course. Perhaps I should consider that jacket…?

The second henchman, you ask? All in good time.


Work on the Mangapolis Comic continues. At this early stage there is mostly work on the script, backstory and pile after pile of sketches (some of which can be seen on the Mangapolis Instagram account). But today we have something more than just character design sketches, a bit from the comic itself; introducing Patrick Giles, one of the main characters. And by the looks of it, he is in a bit of trouble:


Patrick Giles is a meddler in the supernatural and his meddling has earned him quite a reputation among both the mundane and the supernatural population of Mangapolis. Making him a notorious villain to both factions. Not an easy situation.

Just a small update to spark your curiosity, stay tuned for more updates and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for some drips and drops of content from the Mangapolis Comic Project. Earlier updates here and here.

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