|Before there was Kai, there was an anglerfish.|
Who was roughly based on my bulldog, Roxy.
And since every memorable character needs a sidekick, I gave her a mermaid.
|Who looked something like this...|
Mermaid study, acrylic.
This was back in 2013. She wasn't ready for the world, so I put her aside and worked on other things.
When she was finally ready to come out again, I decided to soften her. And make her more representative of children everywhere. After all, diversity isn't represented in the color of your hair, whether it be pink or purple. So Kai got several makeovers.
The final illustrations were done in Procreate on an iPadPro.
And that's Kai's story!