I’ve been working on a cast of anthropomorphic characters for a steampunk/time-travel story, The Great Time and Space Expedition — don’t know whether it will be a full graphic novel, or a series of short comics, but the ideas have been taking shape based on these little guys. They started off as doodles which I turned into more finished drawings, then they kind of started taking on personalities, and suggesting backstories. Some of them came about as suggestions for animal/era combinations from friends, and I’d consider doing commissions for similar suggestions, as long as I can use them in my stories!
So far I’ve got some medieval guys, some Victorian types (who are of course the ones that invent the machine!), some wild-west denizens, and a couple of slick characters from the Roaring Twenties. Stay tuned for news on this project!
Octavio Solomon — ink, watercolour pencil, digital background. He’s an elite librarian and scribe, the Keeper of the Sacred Quill, guardian of a secret group of magpie-monks, whose goal is to amass all the knowledge of the universe.
Lynx Lightfoot — Pigma Micron pen, watercolour, Pitt White pen. This fellow is always ready to come to the rescue when daring deeds need to be done, especially if ladies or hot chocolate are involved!
Miss Penelope Chi-Wawa — ink and brush, watercolour. A lady of impeccable breeding and good taste. She may look demure and delicate, but she has nerves of steel when in a pinch; her bite is worse then her bark.
Sheriff Bill Platypus — pen and ink, watercolour pencil, coloured pencil. Sheriff Bill is on the side of justice, and sometimes of law and order. He has a soft spot for youngsters, of which they shamelessly take advantage.
Ma Raccoon, Pitt brush pens and Prismacolor markers. She’s a loving but no-nonsense frontier mama. Her offspring can often be found following Sheriff Bill Platypus around.
Mr. Phineas Wintergreen-Smythe III — Pigma Micron pen, watercolour, markers. He’s used to being top dog in business. He’s gruff but generous, especially in financing the Expedition’s wine and cheese supplies.
Miss Tabby Tallulah — Pitt and Prismacolor markers with Derwent Coloursoft pencils. She’s glamorous, mysterious, and she’s a spy, but don’t tell anyone that part, ’cause it’s a secret! She can also do a mean Charleston.
Bunhilde is a Viking bunny who has a story of her own in the works. She’s brave and experienced, having travelled all over the known (to Viking rabbits) world as a youngster. Now that she’s older, though, she’d rather just work in her garden, but sometimes the Forces of Evil get in the way of that.