Early on in our relationship, my partner and I were talking about a painting commission I was working on at the time—Circus Sisters—and all the work I was doing to come up with the right characters for the concept. My partner has an fondness for turtles and tortoises and immediately suggested that they should be incorporated into this circus. A hilarious conversation ensued with us trying to imagine how these slow-moving animals could become exciting circus performers.
That night I went home and designed Horace the Circus Tortoise, mostly just as an in-joke for the two of us. When I posted Horace to social media however he became an instant hit with our friends and family. He was also the perfect alter-ego for my partner with his love for turtles and their ability to retreat inside their shells when they needed to.
Fast forward a couple years and Horace now stars alongside Abigail Mouse (my alter-ego) as part of our webcomic, Horace & Abigail. While he’s no longer a circus tortoise in the comic, he and Abigail are still juggling all the things that make up their unique lives together.
Finished: July 2015