With spring just arrived, warmer temperatures are on the way… after the rain showers, of course. Many people long to say goodbye to their winter wares for another few months and show off their skin to get its annual dose of Vitamin D.
Inspired by the warmer climes, I drew New Brunswick from Project Canada in a more beach-like outfit. While her usual wear is sunny in itself, no-one exactly walks on soft sand in high heels, since they would keep getting stuck.
New Brunswick’s summer outfit mostly remains the same as her usual one, but with a few additions. Her pearl necklace, as I drew her with then, becomes a ship’s-helm necklace (which she often wears), she wears an Alice-blue bow on her head, light azure leggings under her shorts, and her red high heels become more suitable open-toed sandals. Her anchor tattoo remains.
In this form, New Brunswick’s appearance was mostly inspired by May from Pokémon; specifically, her design in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire. I would later draw May in her different forms she’s appeared in so far:
This drawing follows a sort of theme I adhere to in all of my Pokémon playthroughs, in which any Pokémon I catch or keep in my team are named after places around Canada. The starters are always named for the three biggest Canadian cities – so a first-stage Grass-type starter will be named Toronto, a Fire-type Montreal, and a Water-type Vancouver. And to my delight, their personalities often fit the names!
Rowlet is a cool and calm owl Pokémon, which is a perfect match for Toronto. Though Rowlet may look cute, it’s in fact a skilled nocturnal hunter, and it can throw feathers that are as sharp as knife blades. It evolves into Dartrix, then Decidueye.
Like Montreal can be at times, Litten is hot-tempered, matching its Fire type. Just like a real cat, it likes to be left alone, and it’s difficult to gain trust from. Its fur is highly flammable, so when it coughs up hairballs, it burns them into a blaze. It evolves into Torracat, then Incineroar.
Popplio is clownish, much like Vancouver. However, it’s very hard-working, and can create amazing displays with bubbles blown out from its nose. As with circus seals in real life, Popplio can also perform acrobatic tricks and jumps by bouncing on the bubbles it blows. It evolves into Brionne, then Primarina.
After seeing Hapo‘s timeline for each of the province and territory characters from Project Canada, I became inspired to create ‘character wardrobes’ for each one, showing their different outfits for different purposes and from different ages. So far, I’ve only drawn three – for British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – though I did plan to do all thirteen provinces and territories.