Dorbran Fa is the leader (Father or “Fa”) of a wandering band of gypsies. I created this character one night for my sister but quit working on him when a couple of people pointed out that he bore an unintended resemblance to the 16th president of the United States. A better title for this sketch might be “Abraham Lincoln as a Roving Gypsy…”
gob·lin (gbln) n.
a mischievous elfin creature with several teeth and a tendency to bite knees toes and the occasional nose
gob·let (gblt) n.
a baby goblin
A few weeks ago I discovered a goblet in my house in the form of little Daniel. While teething, he decided that biting his parents was a funny game. He would bite our ankles and toes if we ignored him; and while we played with him he would go after our fingers and noses with a laugh and a playful growl. Eric and I both thought this was hilariously adorable and began calling Daniel “our little goblet.” Unfortunately, our new apartment complex doesn’t allow baby goblins so we had to put a stop to the biting, but I drew these pictures to remember him by.
First sketch of a sweet young goblet. I liked the idea so much I decided to do a portrait of Daniel as a baby goblet.
First drawings of Daniel’s portrait. I thought the drinking goblet made my little goblin look tipsy so I replaced it with a pet mouse.
The mice were fun, but they just didn’t seem like quite the right thing for my goblet. I drew a different pet for him an Orcan pig-dog named Muhgg but I kept him on a separate piece of paper because I had another idea for Daniel’s portrait.
In the actual picture I wanted Daniel to be playing with a chewed up book. What better object for an illiterate, book-despising goblin parent to give their child as a chew toy? And so without further ado, the final product!