More We Are Not the Heroes artwork! I'm still trying to work on Phantom Run, but San Francisco backgrounds are proving frustrating. I just started taking Background Design and Layout, so that should help a lot, but I'm putting PR on hold for a bit.
This is Dean and Iggy as children, playing with robots! They're both big fans of robots, even as teenagers. I came up with a lot of backstory for the two of them as friends, and since this is going to be a comic and not a novelization, the best way to let you know is to share it now, I suppose. Oh, they also have last names now! And middle names! So I'll formally introduce you to Dean Ulysses Ramsey on the left, and Ignatius Cornelius Östergård.
Iggy's parents got divorced when he was six and his dad's a total scumbag, so he and his mom moved and Iggy had to change schools. Iggy's mom works for a toy company, incidentally. At his new school Iggy didn't fit in and started getting picked on - he's short, the new kid, has glasses, IS a nerd, has freckles and a hard-to-pronounce Swedish last name - as well as a very nerdy name altogether, so it's not hard to imagine.
Dean came to his rescue, so to speak, and the two became friends quickly although they still got picked on a lot at school. Dean's background is a bit of a mystery (meaning I haven't decided it yet), but I'm pretty sure his parents are also divorced or he's adopted or in foster care. Considering that in the main story he doesn't have a place to live, his family life must be rough. But he's got a carefree outlook on life, so it's all good pretty much.
Anyway, that's pretty much their story, I guess. Before high school, Iggy's mom gets transferred and he moves away. He keeps in touch with Dean via e-mail or text or letters or phone, somehow I haven't decided, but they don't get to see each other much. Eventually Dean, who I assume will have become a 'drifter' or something, finds Iggy or Iggy moves back and they become bros again. I'll work it out eventually.
ANYWAY after coming up with their history of friendship I decided I had to draw them as childrens because they'd be just so adorable. Iggy's natural hair color is blonde - he died it green shortly before he moved before high school on Dean's suggestion. And Dean's hair is... poofy. I tried to keep the color schemes of their regular outfits - not that you'd remember from that single sketch I have so far anyway, but I did. Dean's vest/shirt thing is patchy. The patch on the back is supposed to be Godzilla, or a Godzilla-like monster, not just a random dinosaur (although he's the type of person who would put a patch of a random dinosaur on the back of his vest).
Have fun coming up with dialogue or what they might be saying as they fight their robots! The robots, by the way, are based off of the ones in the CD booklet for Ludo's Prepare the Preparations CD. I think that CD in general is very inspirational to this story, the song Battle Cry is the inspiration for the whole story, and probably my favorite from that album.
Iggy Östergård and Dean Ramsey (c) ToonMasta
Drawn and inked traditionally
Colored in photoshop
P.S. The light source is a ceiling light above them, there should be drop shadows under the robots but I was too lazy, so there. If I feel like it I may add it in later.