Shotguns & Sorcery: Max & Belle

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

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