Kir (too many teeth, spooky eyes): Another major threat to the long-term health of Charlie and Emile’s thieving business. Kir is a former member of Fleur de Lis, an ex-boxer, and presently a very large, persistent thorn in the organization’s side. As a freelancer, he doesn’t have to adhere to the organization’s rules or pay them any dues. Traditionally, the Fleurs have been able to stamp out any unwanted competition, but it’s hard to do so when they’re as ruthlessly efficient (and generally ruthless) as Kir’s gang. Under his experienced leadership, his gang has driven most of the local Fleur captains out of business. Like a shark, he’s perfectly content to swim lazy circles around his competition until the perfect opening presents itself—not many rivals can counter his criminal cunning and penchant for sabotage. Kir’s reputation in the city’s criminal underworld is undeservedly bloody, but he encourages these rumors—they’re good for business. In reality, he’s a fair boss and quite well liked by his crew. He’s also a doting father to his five-year-old daughter and fusses over things like reading and playing nice with other kids when not robbing people blind and cracking skulls on a professional basis…
Used to be best buddies with Emile. Now? Not so much!
A couple of quick concepts for Ursula, who was in dire need of a re-design.
Ursula (big shades, needs to file her nails): A Fleur de Lis captain working in the same city as Charlie and Emile, she is aggressively expanding her territory in an effort to gain the waterfront property she desperately needs to export her ill-gotten goods. She currently controls the borough which covers the city’s fashion district and a tantalizing selection of high-end art galleries. Her family owns a popular fashion brand and she designs jewelry under their label when not otherwise engaged in criminal shenanigans. Her family connections give her unchecked access to all sorts of brand new goodies, and she has very sticky fingers.
Several younger members of her crew have been encroaching on Charlie’s territory and disrupting Emile’s work. Ordinarily, the two of them would take up this issue with Urusula directly, but given that she ordered them to do so in the first place…
Let’s kick things off with some inks!
I’d like to add some very simple background tones to this tomorrow. I think I’ll lose detail in the pile of art Emile and Paolo are squatting on if I go too heavy on the shading.
These inks are pretty much done. Still not sure what Paolo is up to there—he’s a very odd drunk. Emile’s going to beat him half to death if he sees him wasting that champagne, regardless.
Figure it’s about time I put together a space solely for FFD-related concept art, notes and doodles. Expect 200% more shit posting on my main page!
Yeah, I started an art only blog so I can keep my sketches separate from my abhorrent personal opinions and re-blogged pictures of pugs in distress. The two are best kept faaaaaaaar apart.
Introducing the third member of FFDs merry band of thieves…
Charlie (pointy nose, vaguely menacing): The ruthless yin to Emile’s squirrelly yang, Charlie is the proprietress of the café which serves as a front for our protagonists’ criminal enterprise. When not hosting wine tastings for the rich and gullible, she serves as a district captain for Fleur de Lis. With Emile’s help, she’s managed to maintain control of a small but strategically important patch of waterfront territory for the better part of a decade. You need to fence some stolen goods, hijack a boat, copy a key or hire a getaway driver? Charlie knows a guy. And if she doesn’t, she’ll steal yours (and maybe pick your pocket while she’s at it). A work-related injury to her leg prematurely ended her promising career as a burglar, but she’s since discovered a real knack for political maneuvering and planning heists. Technically speaking, she outranks Emile in the hierarchy of their criminal organization, but since the two of them are practically married they (i.e. she) decided to dispense with the formalities years ago. That said, she’s not above playing the boss card on occasion.
Relationship to other characters:
- Emile is her long-term partner in crime/boyfriend/common law spouse (who knows what the hell, really). They are completely devoted to one another in their own bizarre way.
- Paolo is her apprentice. She’s trying to turn him into a proper thief and is the criminally-inclined Professor Higgins to his Eliza Dolittle.
- Kir is hands down her most hated rival. She’d love to put him out of business and burn his ship down, but is in absolutely no position to do so.
- Gwen is somebody she would’ve tried to recruit back in the day. She admires the girl’s moxie.
Warm-ups from this evening.
Evgeny (goblin shark-guy, huge beak): Kir’s brother-in-law as well as a principal member of his crime family, Evgeny is a proper professional burglar able to stand toe to toe with the best Fleur de Lis has to offer. In spite of his skills, he’s terribly neurotic and prefers to work in the wee hours of the morning to avoid sunburns and people (in that order). For all of his faults, he loves his niece, Sveta, and gets along better with her dad than most other people. The rest of the crew agrees that he would be much easier to tolerate if he didn’t fill every conversational void with endless chattering (and stopped cheating at cards, the show off).
Ivan (hammerhead, a little walleyed): The youngest member of Kir’s crew and a very passionate professional boxer. When he’s not training for a match he acts as an enforcer, although his size and menacing appearance are enough of a deterrent for most would-be rivals. He’s actually a loud, friendly guy who’s never met a stranger, but doesn’t possess anything even remotely resembling self-control. Kir and company voted to ban him from after-hours drinking after he threw a bench through a pub window during a spectacular post-victory bender. He is still paying for the damages (and feels just awful about it).
Some sort of splash page for Five Finger Discount. Not quite done with these inks, but I like how this is coming together.
For those of you new to the blog, allow me to introduce 2/3rds of the protagonists of FFD:
Emile (one-eyed, short-stack): An arrogant, curmudgeonly professional thief on a collision course with middle age and obsolescence. He used to be one of the top burglars in the shadowy criminal organization known as Fleur de Lis, but after losing his depth perception in a work related accident, has spent several years alternately wallowing in misery and narrowly avoiding the city art-crime squad. Although he possesses a devious brain uniquely suited to planning heists and all the climbing skills and daring of a squirrel monkey, he just can’t engage in the sort of acrobatics he used to when he had two good eyes. It’s quite a professional impediment. He was recently forced by his partner in crime to take on an apprentice, an arrangement which irritates him to no end.
Paolo (gangly, has a terrible mustache): Emile’s apprentice. He’s an enthusiastic and talented forger who enjoys seeing his work hang in a gallery even without the attribution and accolades (although both would be very nice). He likes the idea of repatriating (‘rescuing’) artwork from careless or ungrateful owners, but can’t bear the thought of selling off priceless treasures for money. Although he enjoys the lifestyle of professional art thief, which he thinks is exciting and romantic, actively supplying the underground black-market for antiquities gnaws at his conscience. But he also likes having money because he’s never really had any before. It’s a moral quandary. To say he lacks criminal aptitude is a gross understatement, but he tries very hard.
マメ：Mame (the dog’s name, it means “bean”)
そんなんやったかな：Is that all you can do?
もっと小さくやろ：Do it smaller.
もっともっともっと小さく：Do it much, much smaller.かわいーく：Do it in a cute way.
HAHA I don’t know why I laughed as hard as I did
Jeez what a smart dog. hahaha