I decided to redraw the original portrait of Rosie (from my novel, "Family Tails") that I drew back in 2013. This time I worked in a lot more detail, and I think it is much better than before.
Meet Rosie -- she is a 1st generation G.E.L.F. (Genetically Engineered Life Form), and a good friend of Lupina. Rosie is another major character in my novel, "Family Tails". It's a rather interesting relationship between Lupina, her human husband, and Rosie.
Lupina's hubby, although he's human, he has an odd little genetic quirk that somehow makes him more "compatible" with female G.E.L.F.s (it's a trait that is very rare among the human population of this particular alternate Earth, and he's undergone some "genetic tweeking" at "The Center" to make him even more biologically compatible with Lupina).
Rosie, being that she is a skunk, you can imagine how most humans react to her. Yes, Rosie does share that particular defensive ability with the four-footed skunks...however, she's a really sweet lady if anyone would take the time to get to know her. Since she has had no end of trouble in finding a compatible -- or willing -- mate (there's not many G.E.L.F. skunks yet, and they're widely dispersed), she confided her woes to her friend Lupina over coffee one day. Lupina, being the understanding person that she is, invited Rosie over for dinner one night to meet the family. After dinner, it was brought up about Lupina's hubby's particular DNA quirk, and so an idea was hatched after some discussion. Eventually, Rosie moved in and essentially became part of the family in hopes that she might someday have kits of her own. It takes Rosie a bit to get used to the sleeping arrangements -- essentially everyone sleeps in one large bed in a "wolf pile" as they call it, even though Rosie, Cormac and Sierra actually all have their own rooms.
Rosie is very sweet, loving, and sensual, and still has a little trouble believing how much her new "family" cares about her...although she's quite happy with it. She stands about 5 ft tall and is rather curvaceous, fun loving, intensely curious...and loves raisins. :P
I used a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil with HB lead, a 6B graphite stick, various blending and shading tools, on Georgia-Pacific "Everyday Copy & Print" paper.
Character & story © 2013 Ronald J. Lebeck (that's me).
Art © 2015 Ronald J. Lebeck