We hope you will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the Erstwhile comic series. This area of the site includes character sketches, concept art, thumbnails, etc.
The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage | Maid Maleen | The Farmer’s Clever Daughter
LEFT: These are the first characters sketches that Elle drew for the story. As you can see, Sausage was sporting a cool handlebar mustache in his first incarnation. However, we mutually agreed that it was too similar to a certain webcomic’s feisty talking cactus, so it was changed.
CENTER: Sausage design brainstorming. He tried on a bunch of mustaches! Also, Mouse got to wear a bow on her tail!
RIGHT: Three ideas for the cover design of the story!
The image to the left is the original concept art Gina created and sent to Louisa. The images in the center and to the right is the final design created by Louisa for the veil and wedding dress Maid Maleen wears in the comic.
The image to the left is the original concept art Gina created and sent to Louisa. The image to the right is the design created by Louisa for the Prince Orland character. The notes describe how his clothes change from light colors to dark colors after he believes Maleen has perished.
The Mighty King (Maleen’s father) only showed up in an illustration Maleen drew of him (far left image). However, he did have a full design by Louisa beforehand (center image). As you can see, he had a lot more detail! Also, Orland’s father also had some concept art, but he got to make an actual appearance in the story.
The image to the left was the original character sketches for Velinda and King Leonart. It eventually became the original cover art for the printed comic of the story (image on the right). In retrospect, it was a somewhat boring cover and when we relaunched the series as webcomic, Gina decided to design a new cover.
The image to the left was the original concept art Gina drew for the story long before she decided to illustrate it as a full-blown comic adaptation. As you can see, the image on the right is the cover design you know from the webcomic version of the story. Gina had always enjoyed the original idea of the concept art and decided to incorporate it into the new cover.