Suicide Snowman is my (Bryan Fulk) design contribution to round out the first six figures. This is actually the second design I sculpted for this set of toys. The first one is called The Old Stump…I may do something with it at a later date, but it needs a little reworking and I wanted to do something different, so I cracked open my list of character designs and ideas to see what else I had stored away. I'd be remiss if I didn't say I drew some inspiration from a little boy and his stuffed tiger.
Here you can see my exemplary 2-D drawing skills…and also my exemplary coffee drinking skills. Though I'm primarily a 3-D artist, I usually rough out my ideas on paper, crude as they may be. It can help with creating and sticking to a scale or just fleshing out and playing with options. I pretty much stuck with this basic concept, adding and changing some details here or there. I decided to give the figure a more expressive mouth rather than sculpting bits of coal sliding down the melty side.
I really enjoy asymmetry in some mini-figure designs so I changed up the arm positioning from my original sketch and added a mitten to one hand. Since it's static, a variety of shapes, angles, and textures can really help make a more visually interesting toy.
Comparing Suicide Snowman to some other standards, he's pretty average, but his hat does give him some extra height pushing him over the two-inch mark. To the left is The Crawdad Kid from OMFG and a Mini Boglin. And on the right is a S.L.U.G. Zombie and a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure.