If you’re looking for muscle-for-hire, there’s none more intimidating than Tsunami Tommy. He’s the biggest goon in town and strikes fear into the soul of anyone in his shadow. And since he’s literally fifteen feet tall, that’s a pretty long shadow. He walks through walls like they were made of cotton candy. He never talks, because he never has to. Holy crap he’s huge.
This is an early lighting test we did which shows off his model pretty well, although there are no textures on his face or hands, which makes them a little plain here. (He’ll definitely have some five o`clock shadow when we’re done with him.) You may notice that I amped up the glow effect of the brighter colors in the render compared to that of the pass I did on the clown, which is something we’ll be playing with.
Here’s some of the references that inspired Tommy’s design:
It can’t hurt to go with some legendary tough guys for reference like Edward G Robinson or Charles Bronson. Also, we decided early on that Tommy would be a longshoreman type, right out of “On the Waterfront” with the corruption and the pushing people around and what-have-you. And then the pic on the lower left is the fantastic character actor Charles Dierkop, pictured here in “The Sting.” Great nose on him.
Finally, to get a sense of the dynamic of Tsunami Tommy, I dug deep and found the old illustration we used for our pitch bible to show off his character. I have to caveat this pic with the fact that both Tommy’s and Two-Headed Cop’s designs are pretty outdated here (note the straw “boater” hat on A-Ray, which is now a fedora; he also has a much different face) but I’ve always like the action and story contained within:
I like that it shows what a force of nature Tsunami Tommy is.