A colored version of a sketch I posted over on Tumblr last week. These are my new alien characters! (And one human; but when you think about it, humans are just aliens to other aliens, so.)
From the top-left we have:
--Ant (Anthropologist), a grey alien. Named and arbitrarily given "he" pronouns by Bren. Ant enthusiastically studies endangered and extinct cultures with his science-partner, Ling.
--Ling (Linguist), a grey alien. Named and arbitrarily given "she" pronouns by Bren. Ling is an expert in learning and translating new languages. Co-leader of the expedition they're currently on.
--Bren, the last human. After being rescued by the greys, he helps them scavenge for interesting things on Earth. He's perpetually tired of everything.
--Snake, the last of its species. Named by Bren, though nobody can decide on a gender for it (though they sometimes default to "he"). Snake was rescued by the greys more than a year before Bren, and basically refused to leave the ship.
Honestly, I've been having a lot of fun with these characters and their story (tentatively called "Alien Anthem"). Bren is sort of an outlet for my own frustrations and apathy, whereas the greys embody my love for learning and Snake shows my desire for companionship.
The basic story goes that some years back, the zombie apocalypse began on Earth. Since then, Bren has been on the run, just surviving however he could. He sees fewer and fewer people as the years wear on, but has no idea that he the last of mankind, until he is rescued by a group of aliens. What happens after that is still a bit up in the air. (Haha. You know. Like their space ship? Ughh bad joke.)
Design wise, Snake is my favorite, by far. When Bren first sees it, it's got its arms tucked up under the flush plates at its sides, and it really does look like a big snake. Its colors are based on what/who it spends its time around. The world it came from was largely red. After spending time with the greys, it began to turn grey. The beige started showing up when it began to hang with Bren, and the blue and green after it went to explore Earth. Most recently, it's turning beige again, as it's rather attached to Bren. It will , most likely, be a grey-beige color in a few years.
The greys have eyes and mouths that open fuller or close more depending on their moods, as shown. Either could have either expression. The horns/etc are sub-dermal implants they got because it's a trend lately. They're really into decorating themselves and will probably changes implants at some point or another.
The greys are part of a dominant species/culture that spans the galaxy, and part of a subculture that focuses on study. These two are essentially college grads running a pre-emptive archaeology dig. They go around and watch planets whose dominant species is on the verge of extinction, then when the last of the species dies, they study the planet and gather resources, and make detail reports to their higher-ups. Though they're not allowed to interfere with the extinction species, they've been given leave to 'rescue' and study the last of any species, since it is assumed that no single specimen will be able to recreate an entire viable population.
Snake, like Bren, was the last of its kind, although that's where their similarities stop. Snake only ever knew one other of his species, "Elder", who was essentially its mother. The species had been slowly dying for some time, because their food sources were going extinct, and all the other plants and animals were poisonous. The species is parthenogenetic, meaning that they can reproduce asexually when sexual reproduction is not practical (or possible). Snake is, most likely, a parthenogenetic offspring of its mother. Elder told it that it had other siblings at one point, but that none of them survived. Snake knows it is capable of laying eggs and having children, and thinks it will probably do so at some point, regardless of what the greys claim about its offsprings' probably survival rate.
Well, that was a lot of rambling, and still not nearly enough. I'll have to make a post specifically for fleshing out the world and characters of this story at another time.