Art from 2000: Mana Tracers character sketches, plus Goats and Sheep

Earlier, I dated some character art for the abandoned Mana Tracers story to 1998, but after reviewing the sketchbooks, I now believe that all the work for it was done in the very busy year 2000. This is the earliest sketch from it, with only the old wizard character being used unmodified in the actual pages I drew:

Character sketches for Mana Tracers
Character sketches for Mana Tracers

There was a lot of material in one of the year 2000 sketchbooks for a future Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline called Goats and Sheep. Much of this was in the form of scribbled dialogue. I won’t show that here, but here are some of the things that would happen in this story, set mostly at the Clwydian court:

Princess Violet
Princess Violet

Princess Violet, plus the first sketches of Fay and Harold. In these, Harold physically resembles Tamlin a lot.
Princess Violet, plus the first sketches of Fay and Harold. In these, Harold physically resembles Tamlin a lot.

Duchess Guðrún would introduce a girl at court with the intention of having her married off to the King. Princess Violet would be interested, but also painfully shy.
New Bishop
New Bishop

New Bishop, plus author cameo with goatee
New Bishop, plus author cameo with goatee

There’s also be a new bishop in Clwyd-Rhan, following up on the demise of Bishop Sickepit from the King Groy storyline (which remains in limbo to this day as I don’t want to put the original version online and don’t have time to create a new version); the new one would appear harmless but be at least as much trouble.

You know, it’s kind of depressing how much of my work online is abandoned or incomplete. The body of work that is finished is very large, but this is one area where committing to a tight online publication schedule didn’t work out for me.

Next up: some more incidental character art and some ideas that I did use.