First up, introducing Mr Russ Prickles!
Russ' Briefcase - He works for Prickles Industries Ltd. - doing what, no-one knows...
I came up with the basic character design for these a few years ago while attending some particularly boring talks, while some of the characters/elements are ideas I've been toying with on and off for over a decade. They were originally going to be part of a little short film (or more specifically, the opening sequence of that) - with Russ hitchhiking his way home along a deserted, grass-lined moonlit highway, carrying his briefcase, back to his family in the hedgehog colony in the woods. Also, all of this was to have played out against the backdrop of Roger Whittaker's "Good Morning Starshine".
Here's the rest of the sketches...
"Winifred" - Don't ask how she got marooned up on that branch in the cold...
Uncle Harry - A used tire salesman
Bruno - Goofy Food Lover
Holly-Amber - A sweet, sometimes absent-minded nature loving lass. (Basically, a hedgehog Luna Lovegood)
Melvyn - The resident grump. (Trivia: The name for this one is a homage to one of my primary school teachers, who at the time was scary...)
The 3 Amigos - Your typical mischievous triplets
Rufus the Drunk - Gets high and wasted every night from all the beer cans left outside the pub
Unnamed little hog
Perpetual Motion - On the run from something...
Russ Prickle's Briefcase - For Prickles Industries Ltd. - What do they do? Some say they manufacture the world's toothpicks... others say that they help scrub the world's toilets... while others claim that they are a band of reclusive acupuncture exponents.