What is this. Plain old pencil sketches. Haven't seen these in a while.
I wasn't sure what to submit this under, cuz I'm not all that familiar with the category system on dA. Mostly cuz I submit fan art. xDD 'K, so this is kind of fan art, but not really... Mallory started out as a Ratatouille OC, but his story kind of developed into one outside the Ratatouille universe, so I pretty much consider his character and story completely original.
But if you're wondering why I consider him somewhat a fan OC, he was originally made up as Horst's father. Hence the resemblance. He also happens to be the father of one of my other OCs, Joelinne Raoul.
Kind of something I threw up on paper within like, 30 min. Pretty much just a warm-up doodle for some Ratatouille-based sketches I wanna do, thanks to a suggestion from ~Sigma-8. 8DD
Hmm, I don't believe you've ever seen Mallory before. Guess this is probably a good chance to expound on him a bit huh?
If you don't actually read the artist's comments, then don't look any further or you'll go cross-eyed.
Mallory's mother, Mabel Joliet, fought with her husband Dominic with the French Resistance during WWII. After several years of actively fighting, the two were captured by German soldiers and taken to a Nazi death camp where both were tortured and abused. Dominic ended up being killed by the commander of that particular camp (a tall, broad-chested, blonde-haired, blue-eyed man named Rolph Heinreich), and the same man who killed Dominic ended up raping Mabel.
Mabel and a few of her fellow fighters ended up escaping the camp months later, and she was brought to a safe house run by British nurses only to find out she was pregnant, and no doubt for the commander's child. She was able to return home to France with the help of her father, but her son was born while she was still in Berlin waiting for her train ride home. When neighbors in her small French community learned of the origins of Mabel's mysterious child, who seemed to have appeared out of nowhere, mother and son quickly became an isolated and frowned-upon twosome.
Mallory never knew anything about his father, or that he was of German descent, but judging by the way Mabel treated him with such anger and hate, he knew he was different than everyone else in his small town. Even the other boys his age treated him differently.
I'll probably leave it there for now. There's more on his background when he grows up, but since this is a drawing of him at like, 5 years old, might as well stop there. xDD
Googled images of young children in the 1950s were used as reference for his hairstyle and clothing.
Thank you very much! I didn't feel like touching my tablet last night; sometimes I do easier when I simply sketch on paper.
Mallory and his mother Mabel's stories are probably two of my favorite original stories out of all my OCs. There's just something about these guys (including Joelinne) that's like, really intriguing. I've even had others tell me the same thing.
Thanks! These back stories just kinda started coming while I was writing out pieces of that old Ratatouille fic I was telling you about. Mallory's design took about an entire year to perfect, and I think the last time I drew him was before this year.