These days, my philosophy has changed in regard to character design. It’s been years since I’ve sat down with a laser disc (or DVD) and stepped through it looking for the perfect poses to sketch for future reference on character design. Nowadays, I first design the entire cast as a line-up so as to have optimal variety of silhouette and character type. Only then will I separate the characters and design each one. I might refer to photographs or not; the problem with photographs is, celebrities tend to have a certain uniformity that leads to monotony in casting choices (especially with handsome/beautiful characters). Actually, that’s my judgment of photo-swipe cartoonist: their casting choices tend to be boring.
This is page #12 from Dark Horse Comics #14, “The Mark: Taking Back the Streets”, written by Mike Barr, drawn by Brad Rader, published in November, 1993.