Above, you can see the banner that I made for Creative Tuesdays! I did it part by hand and part digitally in the computer, using characters from a comic story I recently did called "Colonel Koala and the Mechanical Marsupial."
So far it's a little comic about a "real" teddy bear (kind of like the Velveteen Rabbit, but with a Steampunk bent and with Koalas), who is being followed around by an actual biological Koala, for potentially nefarious purposes. For this "Creative Tuesdays" challenge, I made a banner to showcase both characters.
The patterned, repeated Koala is the Mechanical Marsupial (teddy bear-- um, I mean marsupial). The one who is hiding and watching behind part of the "M" is Colonel Koala. The Mechanical Marsupial is sort of alive in parts of the story, but sometimes he's like the "Toy Story" characters or Hobbes from "Calvin and Hobbes," in that he will lie still and act like a toy without any consciousness at all.
And yes, for anyone who is vaguely familiar with anything I do on the interwebz, this banner (and the comic it stems from) are all inspired by Fuzzles the Koala. He is a plush toy of mine that pops into my work, and I'm making it a point to have him do so more often. Hence, the comic in part inspired by a mechanized version of him.
I have seen many illustrators do a great job of drawing the entire alphabet, but my heart is pretty firmly attached to these little Australian guys (whether in the wild, at a conservation space, or in plush toy form), so I knew I would either go with K for Koala or M for Marsupial. I am glad I went with "M," since I could re-do the banner at some point to also include Wombats, Kangaroos, and other critters.
In any event, the submission date is tomorrow, June 18th! Click below to submit to C.T. for this fun theme.
Thanks for reading! Hope everyone's well.