Saturday, 3 April 2010

Flyboys: Test run

Last month I began work on a new childrens storybook which I am calling Flyboys. It was my eves-dropping on a kid telling his friend to 'stop being silly' because it was impossible to fly, that lead to the creation of the basic plot. I then did a little research and found myself intruigued by the Wright brothers. Later a trip to the Science museum resulted in the story of Orville and Wilbur, two brother who always dreamed of flying. Encouraged by a bet with the school bully the little boys set out to learn how to fly; trying out all sorts of odd things from feathered wings to drinking fizzy pop to make them lighter than air. The plot is set out over the space of a week and is written in a ditty narrative rhyming verse. Off course as in all good stories- the dreamers succeed after much hard work, the bully loses and all ends well. Below are a few of the initial concept drawings, character sketches and colour tryouts in prep. As per usual comments are much appreciated!

This is Your Kingdom

The website which has had my hands full with illustrating tea pots and Union Jacks for the past months has now gone live... See it at