The Joys of Writing: A Description of Dilbert Pinkerton

Recently, I contacted an artist friend to about drawing an artist profile of Dill. It’s to get the right look and details for a plushie designer my girlfriend contacted for a Christmas gift for me.

Honestly, this was an interesting little writing exercise for me. I’d never really written out Dill’s full description in such pinpoint detail. Obviously, he never describes himself in the books because who takes the time to describe themselves in full detail like that, right?

So, for any artists interested in drawing Dill, here is a detailed description of him. I’ve included a some references, as well.

Best Quickie Description: “Imagine Batman’s Harvey Bullock, but if he was a mutant armadillo.”

-Height: 5 feet
-Species: Nine-banded armadillo

References for 9-banded armadillos.
A google image search will give you hundreds more, if necessary:


-Stance is a little hunched.
-He can walk upright and his limbs are mutated to be a little longer in order to be more human like. His claws, however, are still 100% armadillo.
-His carapace goes all the way past his shoulders. They jut out from the collar of his coat.
-His right ear has two circular notches (like someone used a hole punch). Field scientists do this to identify individual armadillos. Dill was no exception.
-Mean, beady eyes
-Some armadillos have scruffy hair on the underside of their snout. Basically mutton chops. Dill has these! (he scratches at them when he thinks).

-Because of the carapace, most of his girth is in his midsection.
-Dill is meant to be short and dumpy. I’ve always imagined him short and wide like Danny Devito’s Penguin in Batman Returns.


1) Fedora: -Dark brown.
-Very rough looking, like it’s the only thing he wears all the time (and it is).
-Dill cut out two small holes along the sides in order to push his ears through the hat.

2) Trench coat:
-Dark brown or even black (your choice, Dill has several).
-I don’t know what the style is called, but it has the clasps on the shoulders. Example:

-Never quite fits him properly, as he never found one that fit his girth. He can’t ever close it, so it’s always open.
-Tends to be shabby or unkept looking. Even a stain or two. Dill’s not even sure if it’s coffee or blood.

3) Suit:
-No jacket or blazer
-Shirt is also unkempt and wrinkled, with a stain or two
-Dress pants, also unkempt and wrinkled.
-Leather suspenders

4) Holster
-Shoulder gun holster for The Daymaker.
-Holster Example:

5) Shoes
-None. Dill’s barefoot. Or bare claw, if you will.

6) The Daymaker
-A .44 Anaconda Magnum

About Nick C. Piers

Writer and creator of the Armadillo Mysteries, I've had a passion for the creative arts all his life. I'm an avid comic book fan, a DDP yoga practitioner , and urban cyclist.
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