Cartoon Self Portrait: Bob’s Burgers

See my sketch process as I attempt to draw myself in the style of Bob’s Burgers.

I was out on the Sketch Daily Reddit again looking for sketch prompts. This time, it was a Cartoon Self Portrait in the style of your favorite cartoon. I’m a big fan of Bob’s Burgers, and I bear some resemblance to Bob I think.

First, I took a look at some pictures of both myself and Bob. Here is what I used for inspiration.

Version One

I quickly started sketching. I started with Bob and then started sketching myself. Then, I added some annotations to critique my sketches. I decided to draw both of us together as though we were in the cartoon.


Self Portrait Bob's Burgers_1
Bob’s Burgers is drawn strong and confident. I wanted to make sure to carry this through to the final sketch. I realized after sketching Bob that we actually are both quite hairy. I wanted to show that similarity in the sketch as well. For my own portrait, I felt like my hair wasn’t swoopy enough, and It felt like I was facing the wrong direction for the overall sketch.


Version Two

Self Portrait Bob's Burgers_2
One of the big things from this sketch was that my head shape and size of my neck seemed wrong. Also, Bob’s head felt wrong, the eyes were too small, the mouth area was too wide, and his hair part didn’t line up correctly. Also, I decided I wanted to wear a shirt with something interesting on it. I thought a cool rocket ship logo thing would be good, but I just can’t draw that correctly.


Version Three

Self Portrait Bob's Burgers_3
It does look like I’m a little creeper behind Bob, but overall I think this sketch looks good. I’m similarly hairy, our parts look fabulous, and I’m ready to pop into Bob’s Burgers and eat me one of them “If Looks Could Kale” burgers.


By joshuarlowry

Designer, Data Vis Expert, Tinkerer

The opinions expressed are my own and not that of my company.

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