The witchsona meme got me to free-associating and that lead to some inspiration (which was such a relief, I can’t even tell you).
He’s called “Which Way,” and he’s all about locating, whether it’s finding things (he’s great at shopping), navigating, or transporting. He wears a hat made of maps, shoes of sure-footedness, and a flannel-lined mantle of celestial tranquility. His familiar is a companionable spirit whale, who is an expert navigator among Worlds.
Which Way is a living orrery and loves maps, compasses, and sextants; he collects keys and other souvenirs (e.g., fridge magnets) of the places he’s been; and he enjoys long walks and road trips. He has an affinity for Odin the Wanderer of Norse mythology. He will redline his abilities to help others, but when he applies his talents to his own needs, they short-circuit; his is the “long way.” He rarely feels “at home” anywhere, but yearns for a place where he belongs.
More than anything, he dreams of places—walking through strange buildings or unknown cities; driving across dangerous terrain. He never forgets where he’s parked. It’s inevitable that his conversations are peppered with the language normally associated with journeys, like feeling lost, trying to discern his way in the world, wondering where the guideposts are, &c. Unironically, he drives a school bus; commuting is his job.
This pic is my first-ever all-digital artwork, which I could not leave as just a sketch because I’m that kind of person. I finally learned how to use layer masks (I get it now), which means created in Photoshop … and there MUST be an easier way to do art on a computer.
As for my lazy-butt shortcuts, credit where credit is due:
Here’s the plaid.
Here’s the starfield.
Here’s the map with the compass rose.