This is a concept I've had in my head since I was very young. I loved dragons, but they kept looking like lizards in one form or another, so I just called them Lizard Dragons. I still enjoy drawing them.
I wanted to write a story about Penguins, but I wanted them to look cute and unique. It took sometime, but I found that if I added a hat and dog ears, they looked very cute and huggable.
Alyssa has a spunky personality and a very positive attitude. Her design wasn't difficult, but I did not want her hair to be blonde. Black felt like the right hair color for her. It was contrast to her personality which I think it grounds her a bit.