Cartoon Ogre Mascot Character

Humorous cartoon character illustration of an ogre creature.

Working color vector art for a mascot character project. The ogre will be used as a mascot for a video game portal website. We needed a prop and I suggested a video game controller, the client wanted to go with an old-school Atari 2600 controller, which I think looks great. it’s such an iconic design it really reads well, which is important for smaller sizes.

Client asked for two versions, one a “thumbs up” version as well as a more “dumb” version of him scratching his head:

truth-gaming-ogre-mascot-cartoon character head scratch

Vector artwork created in Adobe Illustrator CS4 using a Wacom Intuos4 graphics tablet.

Here’s the very rough initial sketch I created in pencil on paper to get a feel for the look of the guy:


I always work very rough and loose to get the feel for the character, and then work on refining the character in Photoshop (note I am still working very rough at this stage):


Working on layers helps immensely. In this case I wanted the legs just a little bit larger. Also did some further refining to the line art:


A little more refining and some rough tone:

ogre-sketch-01At this stage, I suggested to the client that perhaps to brand the character more closely to the video game theme, we should swap the club with a video game controller. The client suggested the old-school Atari 2600 controller, and I couldn’t have agreed more:

ogre-rough-sketch-04You’ll note in the above sketch that I left in a reference photo I used for the hand. I used Apple’s Photo Booth to capture the image with my webcam, dragged the snapshot right from the Photo Booth tray on to the Photoshop icon in the Dock, then copied & pasted into the Photoshop sketch file.

Client enthusiastically approved the Atari version, and the final line art drawing was finished to use as the template for the final vector art:


An alternate version with the ogre giving a “thumbs up” was also created, with some small tweaks to the brow and eyes. From here the art was placed into Adobe Illustrator and the vector art was hand-created using the Pen tool and a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet.

Initially the ogre was too green in color (I was given a lesson in true ogre skin color from the gamer’s perspective on this project):

truth-gaming-ogre-mascot-v03bSince I created all the main color areas as global swatches in Illustrator, the colors were easily tweaked to the finals you see at the beginning of this post.

4 thoughts on “Cartoon Ogre Mascot Character

  1. Great character. :) The old school Atari controller rules! Really enjoy these kinds of posts from you, seeing your work evolve from sketch to finished piece.


    1. Thanks Karyn! Glad you enjoyed. I too love to see artists’ process posts and preliminary sketches, so of course I need to create them myself :) And at times I have had “eureka” moments when going through the steps like this.

  2. I’m not sure that I see the Dave Rogers resemblence…..
    Nice stuff you have here George-even to the untrained pedestrian eye!


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