Jake Williams
Animation | Illustration | Direction

Big Buds

Character Illustration Series + Animated GIFs


Early in the new year while sketching ideas for a new project to pursue, I was drawn to a few doodles of characters with large limbs and bodies complete with a tiny head. The first drawing of a football character charging down the field was the start of the Big Buds series.

After creating the first few characters I came up with a set of rules that helped guide the designs moving forward:

  • Each character would stick to the theme of sports

  • Create a unique pose relative to the specific sport

  • Only use angles in increments of 15°

  • Work with a limited color palette

  • Keep proportions of limbs and torsos similar

  • Play with the scale of props for maximum fun

  • Design each character with a sense of motion

These rules weren't necessarily hard and fast, but they aided in guiding the direction of the characters as they were illustrated. 

Finally, during a series of Winter Olympics themed characters were created in celebration of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The goal with these characters was to celebrate a variety of sports while also creating a set of looping animated gifs.