The Last Viking Returns

Working on Wolverine the Westy

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Wolverine is Josh’s dog. Norm had the idea to make him a West Highland Terrier- cute, loyal and with a moustache like a Viking.

First step- Google image search for references.

Here’s the very first sketch of Wolverine..

wolverine-first-sketch

and an early turn-around.

Wolverine-turnaround

The first watercolour sample was promising.

Wolverine-watercolour-sample

I met a nice couple walking their Westy on Fremantle’s Monument Hill one morning, and they let me take some more reference photos. I wanted to get an idea of the breed, how it moves, what the temperament is like. They’re gorgeous, playful dogs.

In this next image I’ve pulled together lots of Wolverines from the very first storyboard (at the top of the image), and from the final storyboard (at the bottom of the image)- he’s come a long way.

Wolverine-comparisonsAt first he was just sitting around in the images, not doing much- now he’s interacting much more with the environment and other characters. His personality is coming through. He is fiercely loyal to Josh, and much braver (at least to start with).

Here’s some more recent sketches.

It’s been a lot of fun to work on Wolverine. I’ve learnt more about dog anatomy and movement. But he’s only one breed of so many! There’s so much more to learn…

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Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016), Dungzilla (2017) and Gastronauts (2018) star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother. James’ earlier books My Dead Bunny (2015) In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. James comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at www.jamesfoley.com.au .

5 thoughts on “Working on Wolverine the Westy

  1. He looks fantastic. My brother-in-law has a Westie and they are a very sweet dog!

  2. Thanks Kris and Vicki 🙂 I had a look at that google image search, and came across this pic of a Scotty Westy Cross. He’s like the Anti-Wolverine.
    http://www.dailypets.co.uk/2007/07/15/cute-and-cuddly-kizzy/

  3. Kris,
    With your background you are probably one of the few people who actually know that his collar symbol is Thor’s hammer. xN

  4. i have a westie and gus is sososososososo cute…..oh and his my baby boy

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