I'd been meaning for a while to delve into the process of making my thesis book The Wrong Color, but mid-thesis is not always the best time to break for gregarious online schmoozing. Now seems like a great time for it, so here are a sampling of initial character sketches I scribbled with a brush pen and then colored with markers, spray paint and Photoshop tools. At the time I thought these took shape so quickly that they didn't count: I could do better. Amazingly (predictably), it took twenty times as long to replicate these on the page when it mattered. I kept them to the left of my drafting table all year. Only the main character, Warden, continued to shift right up to the moment I began final pages.
(cat inspiration: Sascha, a boy's name for a girl cat, taken from the duck character in Peter and the Wolf. I really mis-named her, now that I think about it. She was a complete terror.)