I love reptiles. Always have. So, I wanted to make an alligator man (similar thinking led to my #19 entry, which you’ll see). The idea was to create a character for my upcoming webcomic, The Aquarian 7. Not sure if Tuo here will make the team or be a villain, but he will show up at some point.
Concept: Tuo is a mutated Chinese alligator that was discovered along Yangtze River. He was taken to a Shaolin temple in the Shanxi Province, where he was trained in the martial arts. He is very protective of his people, and his presence has become an urban legend.
Design: I toyed with the idea of making him either a mutated human or an alien (hence the beard). The hood/cape adds to the idea of the urban legend aspect. There’s a lot to be learned about him, but, design-wise, he’s all there.
Art by Uriel Duran!
By the way, he’s named Tuo for the Chinese character that represents the alligator. Not sure if that’s Mandarin or Cantonese.
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