The Last Viking Returns

Character design – Odin’s wolves

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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.

I’ve covered Josh’s family and most of the Viking characters in previous posts.

Today I’ll show you my sketches of Odin’s wolves.

 

As well as two pet ravens, Odin has two pet wolves. Their names are Geri and Freki. Both names translate as ‘ravenous, greedy’. Not that they display these qualities in The Last Viking Returns; they are more heroic, joining Sigurd as he faces off against Fafnir the dragon.

The two wolves also provide a parallel for the dogs that accompany Josh on his journey in the book.

This is my character reference sheet for the wolves.

Wolves

I made a standard colour version of each character too, so that I could keep their colours consistent. Here’s the colour sheet for the wolves:

Wolves-colour

I don’t think I did too badly drawing these two; they probably look a little too much like huskies rather than wolves. There’s so many subtle differences between dog bodies and wolf bodies, I still think I need practice!

 

That’s it for the Asgardian characters. Next week I’ll introduce one of the villains – the Dragon King.

 

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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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