That’s “bully” in the quaintly archaic sense, meaning “commendably splendid”, natch.
In the course of doodling a commission for the ever-groovesome Doppleganger55
, I found myself designing an original character who could conceivably slot into the roster of fighters in Nintendo’s Punch-Out! series of boxing games. The idea was to come up with a British equivalent of Bear Hugger (perhaps a distant cousin, or somesuch) – and a spot of scribbling and shading later (employing 2B and HB pencils), this jovial fellow turned up.
Doppleganger’s concept for the character was a cheerfully patriotic British wrestler who, keen to take on a new challenge, decides to try his hand at pugilism. Going by the in-ring name of Beefeater, he’s distinct from the vast majority of the Punch-Out! cast in that he’s not in the least bit villainous; indeed, he’d be fearfully cross at the dishonourable antics of Aran Ryan and Great Tiger, and wholly disapproving of the contempt with which the likes of King Hippo and Mr Sandman regard Little Mac (up to the point at which he knocks them spark out, that is). Beefy, as he’s affectionately known by his fans, prefers to wish his opponents well before a fight and shake their hands afterwards (even going so far as to congratulate them warmly if they beat him), and uses phrases like “What ho!” “Gadzooks!” and “Jolly good show, old bean!” without a trace of embarrassment. Regular readers will be unsurprised to learn that I really, really like this chap.
Beefy’s design changed barely at all between this concept drawing and the final commission piece – the only amendment was to his gloves, as you will see
. I was aiming to emulate the style of the 2D character artwork created for the WII version of Punch-Out!, and I’m still really chuffed with how he turned out; I reckon he’d be a worthy addition to any future game in the series. Are you listening, Nintendo?
Beefeater is the copyrighted creation of DG55, and no mistake. Infringerisers will receive a bally good thrashing, don’chaknow.