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Chad the Camel by Flapjackrabbit Chad the Camel by Flapjackrabbit
This was something I did a while ago for my first animated short at college... a story involving a camel and a boy racer nomad, inspired by my memories of boy racer types in Jeddah - Saudi Arabia where I spent a few family holidays in my early teens.
The camel design started as an ordinary camel, but I filtered it via a diplodocus and I liked the results. The hump was meant to reflect the shape of the dunes behind him. I like adding elements of other animals to the ones I'm working with, it's sometimes the quickest route to interesting silhuettes, and rewarding when it works.
Chad was also inspired by Max... an ex-circus camel I knew bought by a local stable owner from my hometown of Chichester. Max was fantastic... he would run around his paddock freaking out the horses like the hunchback of Notre-Dame and groaning. He once gatecrashed a neighbour's garden party by craning his neck through the dividing hedge and chewing a small girl's hair down to a rough crew-cut before being pulled off by angry parents.
Regretably, as is often the way with things that stand out in a crowd, his watertrough got poisoned one night by local yobs and that was the last of him. I still miss having a camel down the road who I can draw and have groaning competitions with!
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Mad-Mill Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is hilarious :D
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proverbialcheese Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Cool! I like the fact that he doesn't try to get kids hooked on cigarettes.
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falkor44 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
love his expression.
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Mamourian Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
he is cute...:)
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hammertheshark Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you should have named him "achmed"
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Flapjackrabbit Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Hmmm, this may come as a total surprise to you but there's more than one name avaliable for naming a camel in the Sahara!
I chose Chad for a reason, the reason is it's an area to the left of Sudan in north Africa, and it's pithy (i.e. the opposite of clunky) as they say in advertising circles! Plus I like it, and it's my camel, so there!
Hope that explains things... ;)
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hammertheshark Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Flapjackrabbit Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Filmographer
That's another reason I couldn't use it... you've used it already!
PS have you considered calling your camel Chad!
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hammertheshark Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no. he WAS gonna be a koala named jimmy. but I cant draw koalas^^;
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Sproing Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Your camel is adorable! His shapes/proportions are great and so is his expression :)
Also, very cool advice.
The biggest problem I've had so far in working in this industry is still feeling creative enough when I come home from the studio to do any decent art for myself ;) It's been forever since I've finished any non-work-related art that isn't completely rushed and sketchy.
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