A two-fer this time, featuring Sheila and Nick. They’re Caren and Alec’s team two on the ARU. Admittedly rough (eyes and eye symmetry seem to be the hardest for me), but I like how they came out. These two are my favorite secondary characters in the Bridgetown trilogy, as they seem to have that “we’re from a different book but somehow we got dropped here” aura about them. They do have very important roles, however.
Sheila Kennedy is Caren’s former ARU partner; they split up while Caren was on LOA due to her parents’ deaths. They have an extremely close friendship that transcends some boundaries — they were lovers for a very brief time as well — and though they are on separate teams now, they remain very close friends. She’s that girl you knew in college who was loud and silly and friends with everyone, and you’d better be far away if you piss her off. Her extrasensory abilities aren’t as strong as, say, Caren’s or Alec’s, but she has a knack for using them in unconventional ways to get the job done when need be.
Nick Slater on the other hand comes from the darker edge of Bridgetown; he was both part of the B-town Metro Police and a bodyguard for various government visitors. He left the BMPD because he felt he could do more working for the Alien Relations Unit. This is an interesting decision, considering unlike most of ARU agents, he shows no outward signs of having any extrasensory abilities. He is, however, extremely observant and stronger than he looks.
Edit: I’ve gone back and done a bit of similar description for the Caren and Denni drawings, if you’re so interested. It’s two entries below!
Something I’ve been doing lately as part of my whiteboard schedule is doing some kind of drawing at least once a week. I’m trying to break out of my doodly comic style (I call it my “Murph” style after the character I used to draw in college) and attempt something a little more realistic. The last few weeks I’ve been trying out characters from the Bridgetown Trilogy.
Here’s a perky looking Denni:
Denni is an extremely intelligent girl for her age and nearly all of her classes are Advanced status. She’s amiable with everyone, but she saves her real emotions for her closest friends, of which there are few. Her closest friend is a boisterous and diminutive girl named Amna Ehramanis, a half-blood human (she has both Earther and Meraladian blood from both sides of the family and damn proud of it). She seems to have taken the deaths of her parents (also ARU agents) a bit better than Caren; she still mourns for them but instinctively feels that their spirits have remained close by to watch over them, and that has helped her heal.
And here’s her older sister Caren, wearing her Alien Relations Unit uniform:
Caren Johnson doesn’t look too happy here, and it’s because she hasn’t been truly happy for a long time, not since their parents died under questionable circumstances. She herself did not know how they’d died while on a case until nearly six months later. She’s healed somewhat, but she now feels frustrated and directionless, and feels she needs to do more to make everything right, especially now that she’s taking care of Denni. Despite all that, she still cares deeply about her fellow ARU partners and everyone else close to her, and will go out of her way to do what is right for them.
This is actually kind of a fun exercise! I know these characters so well, and yet all this time I never really got around to visualizing them in this manner. [There’s also the fact that this is a half-serious attempt at drawing the characters for a possible webcomic version down the line, but that’ll be some time in the future. For now I’m just trying to get them onto paper!]
I will of course add more sketches as they pop up!