The Turniproots, by Aggie JanicotApril 16th, 2009 by Reinder
Aggie sent me these sketches of the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan characters Old Mother Turniproot and Morgan, Old Mother's great-great-granddaughter. She told me she'd looked at the old woman and thought through how her face might work in real life - the way the shape of the skull changes with age and how not having teeth affects the overall look of the face. Me, I just drew a stereotypical Very Old Person—as I will probably never draw her as she was in her younger years, all I needed was a basic awareness of what supercentenarians typically look like, and even that could be heavily cartoonised.
I'm every bit as impressed with her interpretation of Morgan: that right there looks like a real person! Aggie actually had a hand in her initial design: I was going to make her look like her sister Marion, but she suggested a body type for her that I rarely use: tall and willowy, with a small chest and narrow hips. It worked.