Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.
Before RubyQuest - like earlier that day even - I drew some comics about these characters acting up. When it came time to do my quest, I played with a bunch of abstract designs but nothing was simple yet expressive enough, so I fell back on these characters who I’d drawn just earlier.
The rest is history.
My only design philosophy for these comics was “draw as fast as you can, don’t erase anything”.