It is with great sadness that I mention the passing of Brian Jacques, author of the beloved Redwall series (Philomel). Jacques, aged 71, died of a heart attack over the weekend. Read more about his life and work here.
Though I confess I haven’t read any of the most recent titles in the 21-book series, I was a huge Redwall fan as a child. Growing up, I’d play for hours in the woods behind my house, pretending that I was adventuring in Mossflower or preparing for a feast at Redwall Abbey. I’m sure that the positive memories I associate with the Redwall books are echoed by kids and adults the world over.
So when I found out, I just had to draw mouse characters, including Mariel, my favorite Jacques’ heroine, in honor of the great storyteller (see above). And if I can lighten the mood just a bit on this solemn occasion, I thought the two reference photos that I used to make the sketch were pretty funny.