Some time ago, I got a fabulous manuscript to work on: Stinker and the Onion Princess. Set in Texas, is was a retelling of the Grimm tale King Thrushbeard, but this time the proud and beautiful princess was replaced with a proud and handsome heir to an oil fortune. The hapless king-suitor became a hapless daughter of an onion magnate.
This was to be the third in a trilogy of Texas stories by Kitty Griffin and Kathy Combs. Alas, after the sketches were done the publisher deemed the project unmarketable and called a halt to production.
Here is my character design for Stinker.
This project was a blast to design. Since every character is a Texan, they all wear cowboy boots, no matter what. We decided to make the book really wide, and I filled the image areas with Western vistas and Spanish-Moroccan architecture. I will try to scan some of the sketches for future posts. I only have an 8.5 x 11″ Playskool scanner, so I’ll need to figure out how to piece them together.