Part 1 of some digital sketchbook redraws of Marshall and Violet. (Desc. is too long for what I want to say so it’s broken up into two posts)
I’ve been thinking about the story for these guys a lot during my many hours of work. I don’t know how I’d want to tell it though bc I treat this concept a little more previously than my others... It’s big dreaming but ideally Marshall and Violet and their friends would be animated in their own show, though that’s a lot of work for one person like me. Nothing wrong with being a dreamer though...
Marshall and Violet live in a world shared by the human and monster species. While humans evolved to do great things with their tools, monsters rely on their bodies which is why their species is so diverse from a physical standpoint. Monsters find their niche in the regions of the earth deemed too harsh for humans from the swamp, to high mountains, to the desert... Though humanity may not realize it, their races are very similar to each other in comparison to the many breeds of monster. Due to living in often isolated conditions every breed of monster has a unique culture—yet that’s not to say they cannot branch out to other groups.
Marshall, a monster, and Violet, a human, are childhood best friends since birth thanks to the closeness of their mothers. After the loss of Violet’s mom the duo is brought even closer together. Vi is left to take care of her brother Ben as their father pushes them away for constantly reminding him of his dead wife. Marshall becomes Violet’s shoulder to lean on when she suddenly has to fulfill her mother’s role while grieving her death. Luckily, Marshall’s family becomes a supplementary support system for her. .
However, they all begin to grow wary for the future of Ben. Too young to remember his mother’s kindness, he struggles between his sister’s world and their father’s growing disapproval of the maternal half of their heritage and even the monster race.
(Continued in part 2.)
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