New Art – Donald Duck

Continuing my progress working with gouache paint and trying to become a better cartoonist/illustrator, here’s a 8″ x 10″ painting of Donald Duck in gouache with a watercolor background and colored pencil border.

One of my favorite parts of Disney+ has been watching the old Donald Duck and Mickey, Donald, and Goofy shorts. While the guys at Warners, and later MGM, went with wilder, more gag-driven humor Disney emphasized more character-driven humor, and Donald is my personal favorite result of that. I laugh more at his reactions to things than I do the comic situations that set them up. How quickly he can turn on a dime from frustration and rage to childlike glee is great. His “Oh boy, oh boy!” cracks me up every time. So, expect to see more of him from me in the future.


I used a couple of pics for reference, mainly one with this pose used for corporate imagery, combined with his classic look and coloring from the ’40s and ’50s (specifically The Three Caballeros). So, instead of the red bow, yellow piping, clean shirt front, I went with the black bow, white piping, and four button shirt front. My main goal was to try and keep the character recognizable and somewhat on-model, but also try to put a little of my own style in it. So, some lines became cleaner, some features more exaggerated, the pose slightly different. Overall, I really like it and think I’m on the right track. I hope you do too. If interested in this piece or any other art, just email me at

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