Here’s something that started out as a sketch from a friend, The Corporate Pig. The idea is to only have a pig head and a tail. Everything else is suit and tie human. You have no become “The Corporate Pig” the world has vilified so much. Great for protests, town hall meetings, or any other time you want to point out scum and gluttony in the world around you. You can see form my original sketch I’m just getting the idea on paper to use as a basis for everything else I plan on doing. I like a little bit of a visual queue, it doesn’t have to be super detailed for me to be able to guide my process along.
The Corporate Pig project is not 100% complete but here is a first look at what is going on and where it might end up. I’ve still got a few major hurdles to face in completing the project but overall it’s in a very “close to done” state so it’s worth sharing a first look now and then the full reveal with a human wearing the costume will just be that much more enjoyable.
After my original sketch above that by my own admission totally sucks (I’m sure i’ve said it before but my drawing / sketch skills are minimal at best. Mostly used for recollection on my own work and ideas.) my buddy Ryan did me justice with this gem of a sketCorporate Piogch to help me better flesh out the idea. Then I brought it into Photoshop to give it a little color so I can have my idea better fleshed out in my head. There is something about colorizing to me, even for a simple sketch, that just takes my idea in my head to exactly where it needs to be. It was Thanksgiving at the time I believe, hence The Corporate Pig munching down on an unfortunate Thanksgiving Turkey.
The suit will be from Goodwill, Salvation Army, or any other Thrift Store where I can find what I’m looking for. I need to find something old school. Like a tweed in browns and greens. The idea being my look is as outdated as my ideas. Something from the 70s preferred and if it has patches over the elbows like what your grandfather would wear even better.
The tail is very simple. It’s armature wire covered in fleece. The idea is to have it connected to the belt under your suit so it sticks out of the back just enough to look like a little oinker from behind. Subtle but effective.
I started working on the head and realized I needed a good place to look out from but the eyes needed to be those fixed piggy eyes you expect. Cold and beady. So I ended up cutting out the nose holes to use that as my point of view, and then the eyes can be exactly how I’ve planned out.
Here is a first look at the head piece pinned in place some of the features. Pronounced lower jaw to give a nice pig appearance, ears, eyes, nose, eyebrows all in test fitment. I still need to fleece the main head structure, create a tongue or put more accent into the lower jaw to smile. It’s a snug fit on the head before finishing it but I expected that. I wanted to keep it as close to human sized as possible so a tight fit was pretty much the only solution. It fits on your head almost like a baseball helmet, and I have the structure of an old hardhat I might use for the inside to have it mouth at the perfect angle.
Once I decided to cut into the nose there was no turning back. I also has to decide how I was going to cover this area so it’s not completely obvious I’m looking out from here so I came up with an idea of using the same black mesh I’ve used to look out of Wolfuns eyes but have made a black insert to put over the nose. I’m going to experiment with multiple versions until I get one that’s the right color shade. Black was too dark on my first attempt so I’m thinking of ways to color the mesh (or find new mesh altogether) and then use the darker pink fleece you see here.
Like any project of this nature for every 1 piece I put on the character there are 1-4 other pieces sitting in a rubbermaid bin that I took the time to design and make, but just didn’t like the end result. Experimentation is always one of the most exciting parts of character creation so what the hell, it’s part of the process and I love it!
Here was that first iteration of the nose covering. I was thinking similar to the end of the wolf nose where it’s that black rubbery nose but a pigs nose really isn’t like that so I need to rethink this. The black mesh has to stay so I distract from the view but my latest idea is to use that dark pink fleece instead so it will help blend with the character much more and look like the original picture before cutting the holes and those nostrils will just be a bit larger and where I see out of. I think it’ll work. Next time I’m working on The Corporate Pig I’ll be testing that idea out as I have a bunch of this shape templates and cut out already.
Here you can see what I mean. I held it up to get an idea for how it would look and just absolutely hated it. If all that black framework is covered in the dark pink fleece it’s going to be aces and look so much more “built in” to the character design.
I also did a little test fitting / draping of fleece on the head to see what the overall look is going to be. This is probably where I cursed the most at the nose realizing how much it will take away from my initial idea. Hey it happens sometimes. You just hate a change so much it becomes an obsessions to fix more along the lines of your vision. But I do love the color contract of the dark and light pinks. Very subtle but keeps it from looking too much like one color. Almost like giving it some shading. Blanched out looking pink would get old fast.
The eyes I’m trying to still button down 100% and right now they’re sunken in with animal pupils. Almost like those “following eyes” you may have seen before. I’m going to work on them a little bit more before installing but the backing area of color contrast I’m ready to sew into place once the head fabric is done.
So there you have it, my current progress of The Corporate Pig and where I’m most likely going with it. Hoping to finish it in the not so distant future and when I’m ready for the next update you know where to find it here on FleeceHEAD.