Posts tagged: illustration

Band of Brothers, Sgt Donald Malarkey.

Band of Brothers member, Donald Malarkey.

Band of Brothers member, Donald Malarkey.

I play Requests

In my younger days I played in a band.  It was necessary to be able to play requests that may come forward from members of the audience.  I do the same thing here on my blog.  To the seasoned jazz artist, the phrase “hum a few bars and I’ll fake it” held as much truth as it did humor.  I may have to “fake it”  once in awhile, but not this time.

 

I was asked about some children’s book illustrations that show up in my gallery page.  Specifically these two.

Page illustration from Little Heroes. Sam and his dog Jax like to play in an abandoned old plane.

This is Sam, the hero of the book.

 

The book is called Little Heroes, Sam Takes Off.  It was supposed to be part of the Little Heroes Foundation’s (littleheroesfoundation.org) effort to explain their purpose and ideals.  It may yet happen, but it has hit a snag or two, and is stalled for the time being.  I will show you some pages and art that I have done.  Most of it is still subject to change or not finished.  The text was rewritten a couple of times, so my artwork had to change to reflect the new content.

One of several cover layouts. I like this one. I like the dog version seen here.

These are two versions of Sam's Dossier.

 

This is the raw scan of the P-47 drawing.  I actualy did quite a bit of research on the P-47D Thunderbolt, a fine World War II fighter plane.

This is the raw scan of the P-47 drawing. I actualy did quite a bit of research on the P-47D Thunderbolt, a fine World War II fighter plane.

 

Page two. Actually the first page of the book.

I decided to change the dog to a sheep herder type dog after attending a sheep herding competition at Soldier Hollow, in Utah.

Sam is ready for imaginative play in the old fuselage that lays in the field. When I was a kid, some neighbors had an old plane like this in their back yard. What a blast! It was a Navy carrier plane. No wings.

An unfinished piece from page 6. This was the first dog version. He was hard to draw. He always looked stupid.

 

This is the color version. It lost something in the colorization. That would have to be fixed before publication.

 

Sam is noticing that this time the old plane is coming to life for REAL.

 

Here is the art for the cockpit, taken from actual P-47 photographs.

 

Here's the page layout for page ten. Nobody else cared about the detail in the plane, but I am very interested in history from this era, and wanted to draw the equipment in a way that a veteran would recognize it.

 

The old plane goes magic and lifts right of the ground.

 

Once airborne, it transforms into a sleek little jet.

 

Here are the raw scans of sketches that helped me develop the illustrations. At first I wasn't really locked into the P-47.

 

Hopefully, we can get the book one of these days.  It really is a cute idea and has socially redeeming value as well.  Thanks Mark.