Character design – the Dragon King

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 the Viking characters in previous posts.

Today I’ll show you my sketches of a new character – a villain. He doesn’t have an official name, but I call him the Dragon King.


The Dragon King works at the Viking World theme park. He’s the star of the Fiery Funeral show that takes place each evening at Fjord Stadium. He leads the team of archers who launch their flaming arrows at the longship on the water.

He thinks he’s a celebrity but he’s really a silly old git. At the end of the book, Nan gives him a belting. I can’t say anymore or I’ll ruin the book!

Here’s my character reference sheet for the Dragon King.



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 Dragon King:




Next week we’ll show you something different again. We’ll finally reveal the book trailer!

You’ll get your first proper look at the characters in action.

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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. The fourth in the series, Chickensaurus, is out in late 2020. He is also the illustrator of the Toffle Towers series written by Tim Harris. 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. The sequel to My dead Bunny - There's Something Weird About Lena - is out in late 2020. James comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at .

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