I'm not exactly sure where the Professor's been or from where he's returning. Actually this is the first time I've ever drawn him. The title just had a nice ring to it.
Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.
Here's the original sketch of the Professor. I decided I didn't like his ears up so high, so I moved them down where ears traditionally go. I haven't yet figured out if the bat wings are real or part of his outfit.
That's the way I usually work. I'll start doodling and a character will just sort of appear on the paper. I won't have any idea who they are or what they do, so I have to figure that out later. The name is usually the last thing I come up with. That's backwards, right? Don't most people figure out who a character is and what they do and then decide what they look like?
I don't do this very often, but I did it tonight-- I made a color study to try out colors and background ideas before I started in on the final coloring.