sTELLA the duck
Magical Mermaid Stella
'Magical Mermaid Stella' is an original project I've had in mind the last couple of years. It started as just a fun Mermay illustration, where I imagined my character, Stella, as a magical mermaid girl. This idea was inspired by popular magical girl anime like Sailor Moon and Madoka Magika. This piece generated a whole story surrounding Stella, her her friends and the town she lives in.
Stella and her friends didn't expect to die that day. They certainly didn't expect to grow tails, and gain mysterious powers either. However, it is clear to them that in order to return to their normal lives, they need to save this cursed town, one local at a time. Sirens, mermaids, ancient curses, and most of all, love; this is what our story is about.
Stella is my favourite original character, my online persona and my brand! Because Stella has a rich history, I decided to dedicate a page just to her. If you wish to read more about how I created Stella, please visit the Stella exclusive Page! There, you will learn more about how I created her in 2018, her evolution through 2D and 3D and how she influenced me and my work.
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This project gave me the perfect opportunity to go wild and create a wide range of characters that would act as locals of Stella's town. Because of my strong passion for birds and anthropomorphic characters and also in order to keep the bird theme going, the locals are all birds (so far)! A lot of these designs are based on real life specimens, while others combine elements from different birds to make new ones! As an example, Captain Larossa is heavily based on an Inca Tern, a bird that has a sick moustache above its beak! Stella, on the other hand, is only vaguely based on a duck. By checking the images below, you can get to know all the characters I have made so far and learn a bit about each of them! The cast is ever-growing, and I have many more townspeople to add!
the main cast
Here are some ideas for Stella and her friends in their regular outfits and their mermaid form. The main cast is still a work in progress. I have been refining their designs, and trying out various approaches and colour palettes.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Redesign
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is one of the shows that formed me into who I am today. This show came into my life when I really needed it, and lifted me off the ground. I am still in love with the characters, setting and story, which prompted me to create my own redesigns for the main cast! My version presents the main characters as humans, living in a contemporary version of Ponyville.
Here are some more of my favourite character designs, gathered from various collections or forgotten projects in my infinite WIP folder.