Monday, 11 February 2013

Creatures and characters

I've sketched out some characters and creatures following the Skype chat on Friday. I have to admit I'm struggling both with keeping things messy and making things eerie and strange - somehow everything I draw ends up quite clean and cute. Argh! Too much Adore...

Here's a failed attempt at drawing Yrsa:

Too cute! Argh!

Next up is her elusive mother, Ísafold. She is an ancient skogsrå who looks after the forest and Yrsa suggests that the two of you go and visit her.
Yrsa's mother Ísafold is the keeper of the forest. She is an enigmatic and powerful being who looks after the woods and all its inhabitants. The skogsrå are normally solitary creatures and the fact that Ísafold has a daughter is highly unusual. However, all the creatures in the forest know better than to ask about Yrsa's heritage.

Ísafold cares little for human affairs, but she seems to be strangely fascinated with you nonetheless. You can hear her voice in your mind sometimes, talking about how you can stay here for as long as you want and how your young, human soul glows in the darkness. 

Yrsa seems to think that having a telepathic parent is as normal as trees in a forest and that her mother's comments are nothing but compliments. But something about Ísafold makes you feel uneasy, and you wonder if paying her a visit is a good idea after all...

Creepy? Maybe a little bit...?

I've also sketched out some characters:
Here we have an älva, a type of elf, and some trolls, as well as some more of Yrsa and a strangely Russian-looking tomte. Hmm. I quite like the trolls though, they're fun. 

For the elves I worry about going too far with the "hot skinny chicks running around a frozen country in a nightie" stereotype... As long as I keep them weird enough it should be OK. Elves dance in the fields at dawn and dusk, and any humans who join them go mad. Pretty pictures for reference here, here and here!

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