I thought, this evening (or early hours of the morning), I’d share some details and the artwork I was gifted with for the character Amberley from the series Ice Warriors.
This is the uncoloured drawing of her. I do have a sketch that was drawn by the same person, but I’m only going to share the line drawing and colour drawing here.
The idea for Ice Warriors originally came from a dream I had. In the dream, Amberley had blonde hair and had fallen through what looked like a water slide, going straight through the ice palace and into the water below the cliffs.
As you can see from these next two drawings, I changed Amberley’s hair colour:
Amberley is kind of hippyish and her name comes from a cartoon I used to watch with my sister as a child – The Dream Stone. I liked the name Amberley, so I ‘borrowed’ it from the cartoon.
In the original version of Ice Warriors, Amberley was probably the main protagonist. Since working on the rest of the characters, I’ve come to realise that, although she is a central part, the others are just as important and their parts of the story are important as well. Still, when the seven were friends as children, Amberley was definitely the ringleader and really the first one to accept their role. But she was also the first one to decide she didn’t want to be a part of the group anymore.
In book one of Ice Warriors, Amberley was the last one to enter the ice palace when the group of them were children, but she’s the first one to try and return to it. Instead, she’s trapped inside while the others have their own problems to deal with. But just her spirit is trapped, which means that, to the outside world, she appears to be in a coma.