I meant to mention that I dipped into The Tempest around the same time I started drawing pictures of Soakie. I’m not entirely sure which happened first, it just seemed to flow nicely. The cover illustration is by the eminent Milton Glaser.
So, this is Soakie The Mermaid. I think as an exercise I achieved some of the things I was hoping to. I’ve come up with some silly story ideas and settings for her to fit into, but I’m not convinced she’s right for the “ageing assignment” we have to do. I have become quite attached to the character, but I’m concerned she as ended up looking too generic. Though that’s potentially quite interesting given the strong personality that has been emerging… more in my head than on paper. Soakie has been through a few changes, and at the very least I’ve resolved that her hair colour is a deep green, like sushi nori. There’s plenty more refining to do!