This sketch is of a character who swashbuckled her way through my head for 3 days before I managed to get her down on paper. Originally she was just a character, but no sooner had she been given life did her entire story begin to unfold. In fact, I've started an outline for a novella. Here she is, at about 19 years of age. If you look closely, you'll see she has a scar across her cheek - a gift from a hated enemy. 'Bonnie Kate' is the nickname given to Kate Spaniel, Lady Buccaneer. When she was just 14 she rejected the life of 'corsets and lace' in favor of freedom upon the open seas. Disguising herself at first as a boy, she came under the command of one Captain Davenport, who recognized her abilities immediately and taught her how to sail and fight. But the world of piracy and privateering was not one meant for a woman, not even one so gifted as Kate. She encounters horrors no woman should face, and for some years is known derisively as 'Davenport's Wench.' Yet Kate comes to surprise her neighsayers, the Royal Navy, the lecherous Captain McGillis, and her greatest personal foe, 'White' Scott Bailey, who will come to have more of any impact on her than she ever thought possible.
Sketch done in pencil.