RUPERT

All they wanted to do was survive, and they did everything they could from murder, lying, and manipulation. They lived through countless bodies of humans and animals that life was mostly a blur. During the last legs of their time as a mythical creature, a young girl stumbles upon them resting in the woods. She had no fear, only awe and curiosity, and eventually the name “Rupert” falls from her mouth as she decides that it will be the creature’s name from now on. “Rupert” is now stuck with a child clinging to their side, but they don’t mind. Because while a little noisy, their next host body has come to them quite easily.

Rupert started off as a random design for the chimera/exquisite corpse project by combining the torso of a giraffe, the head, wings, and legs of a heron, a butterfly I do not know the name of, and a Stargazer lily. I developed it to a now scrapped story about the familial bond between them and a little girl named Tracy. The original story was based on Crane’s Return of a Favor, more specifically on the “making and keeping promises” aspect of it, and was an overall wholesome story.

I want to change the story because the idea of Rupert of being an overall morally good character did not sit right with me, especially when I think about the experiences they had up to the point they met Tracy. I currently want Rupert to be someone that  prioritizes their survival over anyone else. So Tracy and Rupert’s relationship will be very different than what it originally was.

 

They are a parasite that looks like a large butterfly with a lily in the middle. There are root-like veins on the underside of Rupert. They pass off as a decorative artifact or a rare insect-plant hybrid, and they use this to their advantage to either fly under the radar or to catch unsuspecting people by surprise.

I want to change the story because the idea of Rupert of being an overall morally good character did not sit right with me, especially when I think about the experiences they had up to the point they met Tracy. I currently want Rupert to be someone that  prioritizes their survival over anyone else. So Tracy and Rupert’s relationship will be very different than what it originally was.

 

They are a parasite that looks like a large butterfly with a lily in the middle. There are root-like veins on the underside of Rupert. They pass off as a decorative artifact or a rare insect-plant hybrid, and they use this to their advantage to either fly under the radar or to catch unsuspecting people by surprise.

This story will probably have the least amount of art in the show since it is the least worked on out of all of them. I would like to include both of Rupert’s portraits, as well as a portrait of Tracy and two more story-based illustrations. Again, I have not thought of an additional  element to make it pop, but I also have not thought about it too much, so we will see what comes about from my singular brain cell.