When we were initially putting the Shotguns & Sorcery project together as an enhanced ebook through Noble Beast (and before I broke my hand), I worked closely with Matt Forbeck to put together a variety of the major players in the novels.  These were a lot of fun!  There is a lot of character in the different…characters.  And being able to blend some interesting noir elements with fantasy elements made things interesting.

First up is the main character, Max –

These went through several revisions, as you can see above.  My initial design didn’t have a fedora, which I think adds a lot to the design.  He also had a tattoo on one arm, which we ultimately dropped.  I also think one of my favorite elements is the holster for his wand!  Fun details.

Next is Belle –

Belle went through a more drastic change.  We decided that the first design didn’t quite have the right look or attitude.  She wasn’t elegant or confident enough, which I definitely think I managed to work out in the subsequent character drawings.

I’m definitely looking forward to drawing these characters more!

More characters next week!

JM