Quokka- my last covers

You might have noticed that the cartoons on the front of the Quokka have changed. I resigned from drawing their covers a few months ago, in August, so that I could focus on picture book projects like this one.

My 1st cover was in June 2003… my last cover, Aug 2010. It’s been 7 and a bit years, and it has flown by.

It’s been strange not drawing the covers any more, but it’s also been nice not having the weekly deadline. I do miss drawing the little guys.

Thanks to Quokka Press for giving me a space to practice and learn. And thanks to the people out there who’ve sent me comments and encouragement over the years.

I didn’t get around to posting my final lot of quokka covers, so here they are.

Quokka, issue 728, July 22 2010- beach
Quokka, issue 728, July 22 2010- beach

Quokka, issue 730, August 5 2010- wood turning
Quokka, issue 730, August 5 2010- wood turning
Quokka, issue 731, August 12 2010- paving
Quokka, issue 732, August 19 2010- winter storms
Quokka, issue 732, August 19 2010- winter storms

I really enjoyed this winter storms one- the rain was a fun effect. It was my final cover published, and it was a little nod to the very first cover I had published way back in June 2003. Here it is below.

Quokka, issue 365, June 12 2003- need a boat?
Quokka, issue 365, June 12 2003- need a boat?

My style has changed a fair bit since then 🙂

That’s it for the quokka covers- no more for me. You can see some of my favourite covers in the Quokka Gallery.

And here’s a final watercolour sketch that I did for myself.

Jimbob-and-Quokman_colour_for-web

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 .

2 thoughts on “Quokka- my last covers”

  1. They’ve been fun to look at over the years James – hats off to a job well done.
    Little bit of difference between No 1 and the last few eh ?

    1. Cheers Terry 🙂 You’re dead right. The old ones are like naked baby photos- very embarassing, but good to show how much you’ve grown.

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