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May 20, 2013

OKIE — Inspirational characters: Artist aspires to make it as an animator

Aspiring artist and cartoonist Mike Reed has drawn inspiration from all sorts of characters.

First it was Sonic the Hedgehog, the spike-haired hero of Sega video games, comics and cartoons.

Then came the ever-cheerful SpongeBob SquarePants. Now it’s the mystery-solving pre-teen twins of the cartoon “Gravity Falls.”

Ultimately, Reed wants to be known for drawing his characters.

The 21-year-old Muskogee resident aspires to be a professional animator. He has computer files and sketchbooks full of his whimsical line drawings.

“I’ve done a few flip books, he said, adding that he’s working on setting up a website to feature his art.

“I’m definitely going to publish a book, like a comic book,” he said. “I don’t know when, but it’s one of my goals.”

Reed said he often comes up with new characters each time he draws.

“I have done a lot of characters, but few repeating characters,” he said.

One repeating character is a “polar bear-looking animal” with anger problems, he said.

“A little bitty cub picks on him,” he said. “He just yells at him and throws something at the wall or something.”

He also has done a series about a kangaroo.

“He lives in Australia, and they have poachers who try to poach him and sell him,” Reed said. “He comes out with ways to outsmart them, but in a comic way. Kind of like Bugs Bunny.”

Members of his family also have been found among his comics.

“I drew a cartoon of my mom,” he said. “I drew her as sort of a robot because she’s always working, she’s always moving.”

Reed said he gets a lot of inspiration from the Disney Channel cartoon “Gravity Falls.”

“I like how they draw the characters, and their story line is pretty good,” he said. “They go on adventures, and in each episode they have a problem. They kind of have to figure it out, kind of like a mystery.”

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