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I haven’t posted any Harry the Hobo Hound designs lately, so, well, here’s one I did recently. This one is a little more loose and organic than my previous designs, also I’m moving away from the inspiration of Ed Benedict, but not much. The one ear bothers me though. Is it just because he’s in a standard 3/4? Not sure, but it is really odd the more I look at it. Anyhoo, it feels like I’m getting closer to something I like. 



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Rusty, the Can of Pork and Beans is Harry the Hobo Hound’s somewhat loyal sidekick (although he might sell Harry down the river for a good bottle of moonshine). Unlike Harry who is even-keeled, Rusty is highly volatile, an emotional fellow who might just be psychotic.

But what is Rusty’s back-story? Is he some mutant who emerged from a secret government test program begun by Herbert Hoover? Or is he simply a talking can of Pork and Beans with a giant chip on his shoulder? I like the latter.

The many moods of Rusty…  

 Rusty and one of his favorite pastimes…

Rusty loves the ladies…


…and everyone loves Rusty. Even devil children!

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So, this hobo hound character I’ve been tinkering with finally has a real name: Harry the Hobo Hound. Plus, he’s got a new sidekick, Rusty, the Can of Pork and Beans. Originally Harry’s sidekick was a cat, but I found the idea of having a drunken, psychotic tin can more appealing (go figure!).

 Harry and Rusty are going to get into all kinds of hair-brained hijinks and whacky adventures. It’s going to be a laugh riot or at the very least mildly diverting.

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A few more quick sketches of Hobo Hound. Kind of crummy, but I think his personality is becoming more obvious.

As I continue to work on defining the look of this Hobo Hound character I’ve been toying around with, his personality is now beginning to emerge. Hobo Hound is like Voltaire’s Candide, the innocent, sort of charging through life not really aware of all of the truly horrible things that are going on. To him, Hobo life is kind of honorable; riding the rails, living by your wits (although Hobo Hound is sort of witless). Pussy J. Cat, his friend, (no sketches of him as of yet) is more worldly, more jaded, sometimes psychopathic, but they get along, the classic odd couple relationship.

I’m hoping something will come out of this, because I like the world that is begining to emerge from these initial character designs. If not, I could always go into buisness making velvet hobo paintings.

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Mock up of possible Titlecard/Presentation art for a cartoon character called, what else, Hobo Hound. Hobo Hound is a character I recently began toying around with. I’m currently working on defining his look (this is the first time I’ve actually done him up in color). I’m getting closer to something I like, although I’ll probably go through another few revisions before doing any actual model sheets (the presentation art obviously is a bit premature when I’m still working on his character, but I liked the idea for the titlecard and ran with it). Next, I’ll be working on the secondary characters, as well as back-stories etc.

The basic premise is that HH is a hobo circa the 1920s; he’s in love with a flapper, has a loyal pal, another hobo named Pussy J. Cat, and often runs afoul of an Irish beat cop named Shamus O’Faddlefop. President Calvin Coolige may even drop in once in awhile. There’s going to be jazz music, gangsters and, of course, hobos. There might even be a cow with noodely arms palying a ukulele. It’s a cast of thousands, really.

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