Crikey! It seems my last blog post was back in January! Where does the time go?
Well time plays a part in the absence of updates on this page, in fact time travel.
Since being back at the drawing board after the Christmas break I have been very busy illustrating a brand new 8 book series for Badger Learning, TIME TREK.
Time Trek is written by Scream Street author Tommy Donbavand and follows the adventures of two children, Spike and Mia as they chase Spike’s uncle Dr Darius Dire through time as he seeks to steal famous historical artefacts for his museum.
The books are bright, bold, colourful and loads of fun and are designed to get reluctant readers reading!
Spike and Mia chase Dr Dire and his grumpy cat Igor through lot’s of exciting time periods, and include encounters with Julius Caesar, Vincent Van Gogh, Cleopatra and William Shakespeare.
Working as the illustrator on these books was immense fun, I had a blast designing the cast of characters and drawing cartoon versions on the famous historical figures. I particularly enjoyed drawing War Over Waterloo featuring of course Emperor Napoleon Boneparte.
We also deviated slightly from being entirely historically accurate, when Dr Dire attempts to steal Excalibur!
All the artwork for the series was pencilled, inked and coloured using iPad pro and an apple pencil. Above you can see the process in 3 stages. Working this way really does streamline the whole process and particularly helps when working to a tight deadline.
I really enjoy working on the Badger titles, this one being my 3rd book series for them. I hope they prove popular and I am able to do some more.
As well as the illustrations I also designed the masthead for the title. Those graphic design skills still come in handy!
Here is a preview of all the book covers, they will be available soon so I hope you will check them out!
Watch this space for some news about another time travel related project I’ve been working on too!