Reposting this piece with a handy guide. I drew this as an exercise in drawing a lot of characters in a group. I mentioned before that these were all the characters living in Bear Mill, so I’d like to clarify who they all are.
The purple characters are the main characters of Samara’s Epic and The Legend of Abigail Queen. The pale pink characters are the supporting cast and extras. So right away we have Abby and Samara’s other two friends, Marget’s wife, and Margret’s gaming group. In the back we have a personal assistant who will probably look nothing like that when I get to that point in the story. There’s also Angela and her roomie, who only exist because of that stand-alone Abby story I wrote. They probably won’t be in any other comics unless I do another stand-alone Abby story, but they exist, so they got to be in this crowd.
The white characters mixed in with the pinks are the English faculty from And Then I Met You. The professor bear from Latte Art is one of them. Way in the back we have the baristas who probably won’t appear anywhere but the background. Hence their placement in the background.
The three green characters on the left are my favorite characters from an old super hero comic whom I hope to write a (non-super)story about someday. The Blue characters are from a story idea I just came up with and haven’t even begun to really think about. They only have designs because I cheated and used my “three bears” archetype. Tall and obese bear, beard bear, and round old bear. I think beard bear may be another English professor.
The red characters are the main cast of The Education of Derek Free, which was plotted out alongside Samara’s Epic, but ended up being it’s own thing. The orange characters are the supporting cast, which includes the cranky woman on the left and the Middle Eastern adventurers on the right. It’s a weird story. I left Big Hank’s dream boy white because he’s only ever mentioned, never seen. He only exists in my sketchbook.
Finally, we have the Japanese family in the back. I think only the girl in the scarf appears in any comics, but I mapped out the family tree for reasons, so I wanted to include them in here.
So it’s not as bad as it looks! It’s mostly two comics that involve meeting groups of people and thus require a lot of two dimensional extras, and a bunch of characters that popped into existence thanks to those four comics I made last year. Also an urge to fill out the back rows.
And there is not a single straight white cis-gendered male in that entire crowd.