Meet the Cast of ‘My Dead Bunny’ (part 2)


My new book is about a zombie rabbit. It’s written by Sigi Cohen and it’s called My Dead Bunny.

Earlier this week I showed some reference sketches for the secondary characters: Mum, Dad and the sister.

Today I’m focusing on the three main (human) characters: the unnamed narrator (who I named Sigi after the author), and his friends Billy and Stan.

As I mentioned in the last post, reference sketches are drawings of the characters that I do just before starting on final artwork. They help me get used to drawing the characters, and also give me something to refer to when trying to keep my final drawings consistent.


My initial reference sketch had Sigi at 3 heads tall. My editors thought he looked just slightly too young. You can see me trying to work out how to draw him in profile, too.


In the final reference sketch he became slightly older and taller at 3.5 heads high. 20140501-Sigi


The narrator has two friends called Stan and Billy. No personal details were given for them in the text, so I made some stuff up to be able to get a sense of how to draw them.

20140409-Billy-1 20140409-Billy-2 20140501-Billy


Stan is probably my favourite of the three boys because he has the loudest personality. I picture him being the most naughty of the three.

20140409-Stan-3 20140409-Stan-2 20140409-Stan-1 20140409-Stan-4 20140501-Stan

Next week I’ll show some sketches of Bunny Brad.

My Dead Bunny will be set upon the world on October 1st.

(Related posts:
Meet the cast of ‘My Dead Bunny’, part one
Meet the cast of ‘My Dead Bunny’, part three)

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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