From there I set about creating unique, defining characteristics for each.
There's team captain number #1, Jezzabel:
Team captain number #2, Floppy May:
In my original design for Floppy, she had an abnormally large udder, twice the size it is in the finished book...
I was talked into giving her an udder reduction by my editor, a move which was supported by my wife who was also slightly troubled by it's enormity.
Next, there's Daisy Lou:
With a name like that, Cowboy boots and a straw hat seemed appropriate.
Jenny Bramble Rose:
She's a key character in the book. A messy 'bramble' of hair adorns her head.
This name sounds aristocratic and snobbish, so she always has her nose in the air and glowering.
My grandmother's name is Marjorie, so this is an affectionate nod to her. The hair and glasses are reminiscent of my grandma's hair and glasses in the 1960s. I guess this cow is also a tip o the hat to Gary Larson, there's something Far Side-esque about this character and her name.
Branching away from the template with this one. You just couldn't possibly have a slim cow with this name...
The senior citizen of the group.
With a name like Jill, this character could be anything really. So I decided to make her young and small, to contrast the very old Aunty Moo.
The less said about Twinkle Toes the better...
Cowzat! is out now in Australian bookstores.