Here is young Sami Redwing, in colour at last. She’s the hero of The Mermaid, on which I’ve been making good progress. I plan to launch the webcomic version (at last!) on Monday, February 2nd, with the first five pages. If all goes well, I’ll be posting at least a page a week, hopefully two (we’ll see how long it takes me to paint these pages — they’re detailed!), with plans to launch the first chapter (of what will ultimately be a graphic novel) as a comic book in the spring. In the meantime, meet our young protagonist!
She’s a farm girl, come to town to seek her brother, who has run away to sea a couple of years before. On these character sheets (see yesterday’s post for why I do these), I’ve given her earthy colours for her farm outfit, and sea colours for her sailing togs. A bit of visual symbolism! But just so that she doesn’t blend too much with the surrounding colours, I’ve given her red hair, which also happens to contrast nicely with her outfits.
The drawings were done in pencil, then inked (you can see the inked versions in yesterday’s post) and although I’m planning to do the book in watercolour, I coloured these in markers, as I hadn’t had my markers out in a while and they were sad.
Keep an eye on this blog this week — I’ll be posting some more advance goodies about the story!