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WITW character designs V4 by Kelaiah WITW character designs V4 by Kelaiah
Here is another set of characters for my intended "Wind in the Willows" comic project! :D:D:D

Roscoe DeWeasel is "the Weasel Chief" who leads a group of weasels, ferrets and stoats to take over Toad's mansion while the toad is away in prison. I wanted him to have kind've a gangster look, though I wasn't entirely sure if I wanted that at all. I did want him to look both oily and sophisticated, but again, I'm open to ideas and/or suggestions about how the characters should look. :)

Portly Otter is Ottar's son. In the original book, Portly is known to wander off on occasion, but he only gets one scene. In my comic, I plan on him being a much more prominent and important character. After reading the book, I realized that Otter's wife was never mentioned, so I decided to have it so that Ottar is a widower, with his only family being Portly. Both father and son are very close, and their relationship plays a much bigger part in my comic.

Tommy and Billy Pintics are the sons of Abigail Pintics, and they are also based off the two hedgehog brothers who turn up at Badger's domain during the winter. They also will be playing a much bigger part, as their mother is a widow and they get to hang around Toad's mansion whenever they don't have to be in school. In the original book, only one of the hedgehog brothers was named (Billy, the younger one), but I wanted both of them to have names. Fortunately, as I read the original book and came upon the scene with the choir-mice, two names for the young mice were mentioned: "Bill" and "Tommy." So I decided to name the older brother Tommy, since that was a name that appeared in the book anyhow. :)

Milo DeWeasel is the nephew of Roscoe DeWeasel, and is based off of the little weasel who came up to Toad's house towards the end of the book, asking if he could be of any service. Milo starts off as a "snot-nosed brat" in my comic, and he is doted upon by his uncle (in the book, the weasels gathered to celebrate the Chief Weasel's birthday, but in my comic I'm going to have it be Milo's birthday). But, in the end, just like the others, Milo ends up turning over a new leaf. :)

Disclaimer: I do not own "Wind in the Willows", property of Kenneth Grahme. I do own the extra details I plan on putting into my comic. ;):giggle::)
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SpiritBird-250 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*gasps* I can't believe I didn't comment on this sooner! I adore the Wind In The Willows, and I always had a soft spot for the Chief Weasel... :love:

Anyways, sounds like an epic project, I'd love to see it completed! :squee:
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
:icondragonkekeplz: Heehee, glad you approve. :aww:
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SpiritBird-250 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Giggle :iconfurryhuggleplz: 
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HandsOffMyChocolate Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
You're in for it now - I'm going to end up commenting on ALL of these as they're so brilliant, but this one has to be first because of two words - Chief Weasel High Lmao Smiley Emoticon
As one of my favourite characters (I'm strange I know) I was really excited to see your design of him. He looks really fantastic - you brought them all up-to-date so wonderfully I don't think even the purists could find fault! He doesn't exactly look gangster-ish; I think you've found the fine line between sophisticated and total Mafia xD The piercings on his ears are a very nice touch. He looks tough and hardened but yet still relatable, and I honestly love your style.
I must just have a girlish moment - D'awwww look at Portly Soooo Cute..Onion
I think it's a brilliant thought on your part to have Otter as a widower - that makes total sense given the original story which is mainly male based.

The hedgehog brothers and Milo are cute too. I love the 'family resemblance' between him and Roscoe. You sound like you've got great ideas for their back stories. I love when people take the lesser-known/used characters and fill them out, it just makes me so happy.

Well I'd better shut up now before you get fed up xD
I hope you continue the comic one day, as I for one would love to see it. There's not much fan-art etc. relating to TWITW, and I wish there was more like this.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
:icondragonkekeplz: Oh no, please, I love comments like this! Remember, I have a big ego. ;):rofl: But yeah, I wish there was more TWITW fanart as well, but oh well. Maybe there would be if there was some epic movie made about it so that way the story and characters will become more 'iconic' or something. 

But I'm really happy that you enjoyed Roscoe. That's exactly what I was hoping for with him, that he looks like a cross between a thug and a cocktail party guest. ;):laughing: Its good to know I succeeded. :D:D:D:)

And I'm glad Portly is such a success as well. :D:D:D Heh heh, and yes, if all goes well and I actually end up making this comic, I plan on having there be a few recurring jokes with Ottar being chased all around the river by females. ;):rofl:

And yes, I like that too when minor characters are fleshed out. Don't know why, really, it just appeals to me. :giggle::)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sly looking weasels, that's for sure! :giggle:
The kids are cute, too! Wonder if there's a Billy Rabbit in this world too, like in the Cosgrove Hall stop-motion series? ;)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
:giggle: Heh heh, thanks. :) But no, no Billy Rabbit. :giggle: I'm not entirely sure what to do with the rabbits and the squirrels in this story. At one point in time I considered having them be villains, too, but I'm not too sure...
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, Ratty did say that the squirrels were "all right" and "some of" the rabbits. :XD:
Probably just neutral-chaotic...
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Probably. :nod: (Although still, the squirrels and rabbits were residents of The Wild Wood, it would be kind've interesting if all the animals from there were "a mixed lot." ;):giggle::))
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... :giggle:
Even in Danbuster's world, I figure there'll be a few mixtures...
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Yep. :):iconfurrylaplz:
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Chelonianmobile Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, these look good! You're building up quite a little encyclopedia of characters here :)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Heh, why thank you! :D:D:D:) Heh heh, yeah, shows how obsessive I am. ;):giggle: Although then again, its just like what I said in my note about anime shows, how they all have such rich detail in their characters and stories, maybe I've been influenced... or maybe I'm just competing. ;):giggle: (The former is perhaps more true, since I'm not really the competetive type anyway). :)

Also, I may as well let you know, since you're the only British person that I talk to on a near regular basis, I might end up asking you a lot about life over there, just so I can get 'the little things' right about this comic, just so nothing uncharacteriscally American shows up. ;) (Like Toad driving on the wrong side of the street... although actually, considering that this is Toad, that might not be too uncharacteristic... :laughing: I just suddenly imagined Badger saying, "Where did he learn to drive? America?!" :rofl:)
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Chelonianmobile Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool, I'm always open to anyone needing me to Britpick, as the Potter fans call it :) And yeah, that line sounds funny. What sort of things might you need to know, or would it be easier if you, say, show me the comic scripts and I tell you if there's anything you got wrong so you can change it?
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Heh, "Britpick". :icondragonkekeplz: But yeah, I can definately see how it was the Potter fans who came up with that. ;):rofl: But yeah, thank you so much, I really appreciate that. :)

I think the second option might be better, since at the moment I can't think of anything... well, hm, actually, I suppose I do have a few questions right now: what are some popular snack/picnic foods? What are some common slang terms (I know the stereotypical ones, like "Bloody hell!" and "Bollocks!" ;):giggle: But I'd like to know if there are any others)? What does your currency look like? What are popular (but expensive) kinds of cars that the rich folk over there drive? Things like that. :)
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Chelonianmobile Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure about the cars but I can Google around. A tip in advance: "bollocks" and "wanker" are really, really not terms to be used in polite company however adorably quaint they sound ;) We tend to say "really good" instead of "real good" and so on, occasionally you might hear "rather good" but that's mostly from the older generation. I'll figure out more dialogue tips as we go. Our money is colourful! Here are some pics: [link]
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
:laughing: Thanks, and heh, thank you very much for letting me know about that. :giggle: But it is funny how certain swear words/insults can sound cute and/or funny. Like "strumpet" and "picaninny". :giggle: I know those are horrible words to call someone, but still, by themselves those are cute/funny words. :icondragonkekeplz:

But thanks for your help, and thanks for the links. This is really helpful. :)
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Chelonianmobile Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True. It's not quite the same thing, but I'm also convinced that "marijuana" is an inherently funny word ;)

Okay, if you have any questions once you start writing you can send me the ideas for each bit and I can see if there's anything you need to know. That work?
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
:giggle: Heh heh, yeah, that's another word I think is funny. :XD::)

Okay, thanks a lot, I really appreciate that. :) Also... I suppose I could just google images, but... would it be too much trouble if you got some random shots of the countryside and forest and rivers and such? Just so I can get a better idea of how a typical English forest would look (though I imagine its not so different from what we have here in America ;):giggle::)). I might want to look up images of how cities look there too. Though I guess for now I'll just concentrate on the character designs, work out a script, and then start worrying about backgrounds. ;):giggle::)
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spike360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Very cool! I remember that novel, Wind in the Willows. It's like a precursor to Redwall, with its mice, moles, badgers, and weasels.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Yep, it is. :D Thank you for your comment. :D:D:D:) And thanks for the fav. :)
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spike360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Hey, glad to help, Tim. You did very well. This fall, I will be uploading more of my own artwork from my sketchbook. You'll see!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Yeah, and, do you think you can call me "Kel"? I know its not my real name, but I just feel more comfortable if people address me by my online name instead of my real name. :giggle: I know that sounds standoff-ish, but it just puts me at ease. :)
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spike360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
If you insist, Kel. And you may call me Spike. That's not my real name, but it is my DA name. It's just what I go by here online.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Okay, Spike. Thanks a lot. :)
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spike360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Glad to help. At least we understand each other.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Yep. :)
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