The Last Viking Returns

Character designs – Wolverine and the lady dog

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Between now and the launch of The Last Viking Returns (Sept 1st, 2014), I’m doing a series of posts showing my rough sketches for all the characters in the book.

Next up in the family is Wolverine, Josh’s faithful companion.

 

As with the character of Josh, I’d already illustrated a whole book with Wolverine before, but I hadn’t drawn him very much at all in the 3 year gap in between. I needed to practice drawing him again.

Wolverine
I also had to design a new character- a female version of Wolverine, who doesn’t have an official name in the book.

In my notes I called her Wilhemina.

What do you think she should be called?

nameless dog

I made a standard colour version of each character too, so that I could keep their colours consistent. Here’s the colour sheet for Wolverine and his nameless female companion (mostly white, but the shading tone is important!):

Wolverine and Nameless

Next week we’ve got a big reveal- we can finally show you the cover for The Last Viking Returns!

Hooray! But it won’t just be the cover; it will be a timelapse, showing you the design process from the first sketch to the last drop of final colour.

 

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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) and Dungzilla (2017) star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother. The third in the series, Gastronauts, will be published in late 2018. 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 @jamesfoleybooks, or at www.jamesfoley.com.au .

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