Cactus Person Design Process

Who doesn’t love a cactus person! I had a lot of fun trying out different options for this creature, the only criteria being that they are very tall and resemble cacti. I used for inspiration some Google images of cactuses and my own recollections of the saguaro cactuses I saw in Arizona when I was 6 years old. Driving to the Grand Canyon with my family, I was delighted at how the branches resembled arms and appeared in an infinite number of poses. 


Beyond the typical upright cactus, there are other shapes to consider, like the short and squat cactus, or the prickly pear cactus. (I think I’m naming it right). Here are the rough versions and the more refined inked version the client picked.

The cactus’s expression needed to be just right, too. The client’s description was that it should have human-like eyes. The question was, how human? And should they be funny or go more serious? Only way to find out is to try multiple options.

Final running cactus, complete with sweet foreshortening (if I do say so myself)

The most tiresome part was getting all those spines to stick out at convincing angles. The perspective needn’t be perfect, but it at least ought to make clear what kind of a shape the spines are going for.