Quia and Muluk, mother bear and son. Quiauitl is the Mayan word for "rain" and muluk is the Aztec word for "water".
Character Design Roulette sheet that I myself developed for this exercise. The result of drawing a random squiggly line: BEAR, PARENT, BLACKSMITH, JUNGLE/TROPICS, and ANCIENT CIVILIZATION.
Initial explorations of names, patterns and styles
First sketch, which got ripped up testing some new masking fluid
Closeup of final piece