The Last Viking Returns

Creating the character of Knut- part 1

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So, after building the ship with Nick, I used some of the photos as reference for character sketches.

pics of Nick

pics of Nick

sketches of Nick, and character ideas

ship building sketches 1

ship building sketches, featuring a very early 'Wolverine' (Knut's dog).

ship building sketch 2

Nick performing cardboard dragon dentistry

These sketches look very similar to the final roughs for the book- I’ll show their development in a future post.

From this point I started developing a very early version of Knut, which looks nothing like the final version… I call it the ‘big-nose’ version. Here’s a peek:

big nose detail

One of the first Knut sketches, dated 6/10/09

More next week!

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Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. His books include 'The Amity Kids Adventures', 'In The Lion', 'The Last Viking'. A couple of these books have won awards. People have also bought copies, and for that he is grateful. His new book 'The Last Viking Returns' is out now. Follow James at www.facebook.com/jamesfoleyillustrations , @James_R_Foley on twitter and instagram or at www.jamesfoley.com.au

2 thoughts on “Creating the character of Knut- part 1

  1. I am enjoying seeing the whole process behind the development of this character 🙂

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