For me it is always fun to see the evolution of the characters that I create. In this case, I was particularly taken aback by the growth and polished design of Tim and Greg (blond hair), two pothead kids created by The Webcomic Factory's very own Tony DiGerolamo. When I first created their likeness, all I was told by Tony was that they were teenagers who constantly smoked pot. In those days, I hardly used the likeness of people I knew for fear that I was being rude, or that they might take offense. I was always worried of what people thought of me and it bothered me if I did something to offend them.
" I hardly used the likeness of people I knew for fear that I was being rude, or that they might take offense."
Enter 2018. I've stopped worrying about where I get my reference and/or my inspiration. This is not to say I am not careful about what I choose, I just don't worry so much about it. It has worked wonders for me to be able to use my surroundings as inspiration for my characters. I know this is not a new concept for artists and writers, but it is for me. The advice I leave behind to any artist who is suffering from the same crutch I was, is... when it comes to creating your characters, don't be afraid to use what you see around you, it is a great source of reference. Check out below how Tim and Greg evolved throughout the years.