thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2010 Series No. 04 - Crave Demon

TRDL 2010 Series No. 04 - Crave Demon

TRDL 2010 Series No. 04 - Crave Demon

This was an interesting and enjoyable project. I was given the task of creating a ‘craving demon’ illustration for a client that had previously commissioned some What I Tole You sketches, as she was quitting smoking. She described the problem that she didn’t want to smoke, and knew this, but when the irrational cravings came, she felt like she was being compelled despite knowing full well she didn’t actually want a cigarette. She wanted to project that craving into an external entity, into something she could point to and say ‘eff you, craving.’… so, I felt a lot of responsibility to do something that would do the design objective justice, and actually WORK. She wanted the critter to be small, weak but charming… the intent would be to put the image on the inside cover of her moleskine.

I played around with some ideas but went in the direction of a large head/small body form, cute but with edgy detail… I was inspired by the kinds of cool superdeformed character and figure designs out of Japan as well as Little Big Planet character modeling. I think what made the creature creepy and effective is the black eyes… originally i had cat eyes but as I worked wth it I wanted it to look less like a feline creature and more like a demon. We went with blue to avoid the obvious parallels with a traditional red devil type. My favorite detail is the belt. See, I was playing with the concept that her craving is an irrational one. It serves no purpose (other than to satisfy that chemical dependency) and it’s out of place int he life she has created. Hence, he’s wearing a belt, but no pants.

Please enjoy!

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