Character Design Round-up: Gisli and Signy

Some of you may recall the graphic novel I started working on a few years ago involving Norse lesbians. (If not, I bet I have your attention though :D)

The premise is fairly basic and reasonably historically accurate (and is not, I must stress, porn). The idea is to explore the relationship in a pre-christian norse society. Why? Because I said so. That’s why.

Looking over my old pages, I realized I wasn’t really happy with how the two looked… There’s something slightly cliched and stiff about them that just felt 2 dimensional somehow.  I also realized they spent most of their time on the pages looking generically sad and weepy. It was making even ME gag, and I created them.
I found myself more interested in my side and secondary characters than I was in my main ladies. And when your side characters are more interesting looking than your two mains… you’re doing something wrong.

I decided to shake things up a little bit and redesign the girls. I exaggerated the physical differences between the girls more to make it easier to tell who is who (Signy is tall and fairly thin while Gisli is a little shorter and very round.) I also changed their hair-colors a little and shifted their jewelry and clothing to more reflect their social and economic status as it really would have been for these girls had they lived in that time.

Blahblahblahblahblah, you don’t care about any of that, I know. So, without further sleepy babbling from me (I so should not have stayed up this late working on a drawing, but totally worth the pain and suffering that will occur tomorrow…)I present: Gisli and Signy, V2.0

(I REALLY enjoy Signy’s dreamy-eyed face here. I had to resist the temptation to draw tiny hearts floating over her head.)

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