I went camping two weeks ago with friends, among whom was a certain, adorable, most imaginative three-year-old named Ella.
Through suggestions and corrections (number of horns, flatness of forehead) she guided me in sketching some new characters, foremost being Abraham Hornswoggle. He’s the dashing fellow in mutton chops, sporting the top hat, cummerbund and cane.
He loves the opera, Sunday walks in the park, and discussing fine art and politics with his dandy friends.
Next up was his disapproving Aunt Sophia. You can tell that she is a “she” by the bow between her ears and her eyelashes. With her nose always in the air, I imagine her in a conservative gown that comes up snuggly below her chin and is just frumpy enough to ward all but the frumpiest, most disapproving of her friends.
In Auntie Sophia’s house lives a boarder mouse named Ella who has run of the kitchen pantry and helps with the daily chores. On her free time she roams the expansive garden, finding adventure among the gladiolas and sage.
Many thanks to Miss Ella for helping me doodle these creatures.