For this week’s Illustration Friday topic, I was playing around with the idea of people whose erstwhile totems, after a few millennia, are now remembered only in their heraldry (the word “totem” is of North-American origin, but the concept is widespread).

So here are some figures from a culture which once had a fox totem, and now only has a military which favours foxes as mascots, and a charming tradition of flying little flags shaped like paper foxes on festival days.

Illustration Friday: Totem

The original sketches are in ballpoint pen, with some stained paper and colour added later.