I did a study on Felix the Cat while en route to NYC. The thing I love most about Felix is that he’s usually so off-model, his proportions are flexible and very forgiving. Whether he was drawn by original creator Pat Sullivan or Otto Messmer (depending on who you ask), by someone at Van Buren Studios in the 30s, Joe Oriolo in the 50s, or in 2014 by Dreamworks (who apparently just bought the rights to the character), Felix takes on so many shapes and sizes. That’s what I love most about these old characters– they’re dynamic! Not stiff or overwhelmingly consistent, like a lot of computer-borne cartoon characters of today’s era.
#3 and #4 (counting top-bottom, left-right), are based on Messmer’s drawings.
#1 is an Oriolo copy, #5 is my own creation based on his style.
The rest are me fiddling around in “long-legged” Felix style.