I have been working on thumbnails for a science fiction theme. I chose the novel, The Child Garden, by Geoff Ryman. The protagonists, Milena and Rolfa, are ideal characters for creative inspiration. The two live in a genetically-controlled world in which viruses are used to educate the masses. Milena, who is immune to the hive mind’s viruses, falls in love with a genetically modified polar she-bear, Rolfa. Together, they are a subversive force against the social conformity.

The Child Garden, by Geoff Ryman

Below are some simple preliminary sketches.

preliminary sketch of Milena and Rolfa, by Charmagne Coe
preliminary sketch of Milena and Rolfa, by Charmagne Coe
preliminary sketch of Milena and Rolfa, by Charmagne Coe

This is another unrelated drawing I did a while back, but I would love to dovetail some of its elements because it seems so harmonious with the chosen theme.

Beast, drawing by Charmagne Coe

Here is a drawing I submitted this week for Illustration Friday‘s topic, “Swim”. It’s titled Past the Breakers.

Past the Breakers, drawing by Charmagne Coe