Basic concept for "Fred the Sub-Standard Poodle and Squirrel Nemesis"
Fred is a cream-colored standard poodle. He wears a bright red jacket. He is charming, friendly, and adores people. He has an almost, though not quite, feminine look. Fred tries very hard to be good - and is sad and ashamed when he fails. However, Fred has a problem. He has a serious squirrel addiction! Whenever Fred sees a squirrel, all his training leaves his fluffy head - and he's off like a rocket after the fuzzy-tailed thing.
Fred , who is 18 months old and therefore has a grownup body run by a puppy brain, is being put through his paces by his owner. You can't see her, except perhaps for the hand and the tip of her shoe. You can, however, hear her voice. Fred has been doing well today, and so the voice you hear is cheerful as it give commands such as "sit," "stand." "lie down." and "say hello." Fred is intent on obeying, until a squirrel comes into view. Fred turns his head, opens his eyes wide and readies for the chase. We hear his owner (less cheerful now) saying "NO! Fred! Watch ME!" Then, with a sudden move, Fred is off after the squirrel. The leash is pulled from his owner's hand, and her feet rise into the air as she is knocked off balance and falls. She shrieks. The Squirrel beats feet, with Fred after him. Both animals fun off the screen, and all that is left are the feet of the trainer, the background and a stream of vocal sounds that suggest very angry language.
Body Model Sheets:
On the left is the body sheet for Fred. They are very rough sketches, still not actual cartoons, of Fred as he is around the house - or as close as I could come. On the right is the body concept sheet for Nemesis. You can see that I have started practicing basic cartoon style here.