Character Design Challenge: Cormorant Fisher

cormorant fisher illustration

My submission for January’s Character Design Challenge on Facebook. The theme was cormorant fishing, a traditional fishing method in China and Japan using trained cormorants. A snare around their neck prevents them from swallowing too large fish, enabling the fisher to snatch them from the bird.

For this challenge I imagined a cormorant shaman, going out on the river to thank the river spirits for today’s good catch.