Early sketches for My Dead Bunny

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I love seeing early sketches for a project. You can see how much work goes into a project before the final images are created, and it’s fun to spot glimpses of the final characters showing through in those first designs. I also like to imagine how different a story might have looked if the creators went with different designs to start with. It’s as if you’re seeing the story as it appears in a parallel universe.

Here are some early sketches for My Dead Bunny. Some spoilers below.

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Banksia Grove mural project

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Late last year I was asked by the City of Wanneroo to work on a mural project with primary school students.

Our task: to make murals for the Banksia Grove Community Centre, based on the theme of ‘what makes me happy’?

Here’s what we did.

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How ‘The Shining’ influenced ‘My Dead Bunny’

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My Dead Bunny includes a scene in a hotel lobby. It seemed like a natural opportunity to reference the classic horror film The Shining. My idea was rejected.

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The World’s Funniest Christmas Tradition

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Catalonians have some unique Christmas traditions. Their nativity sets are often elaborate, and each set must include a peasant figure called the ‘Caganer‘. This figure sits in the corner of the stable doing a poo. Seriously. Last Christmas I made some caganer figures for friends.

El caganer means “the pooper” (that’s the kid-friendly translation, at least). The traditional caganer is shown in the photograph above. From the front he looks innocent enough. From behind it’s a completely different story. Click through to see what he looks like.

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Drawing on body language

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Body language is very important in my books. While a facial expression can easily hint at the emotional state and thought processes of the characters, body language gives the reader extra clues about how the characters are feeling and thinking. This makes it easier for the reader to understand the images and the story. I would argue that accurate and expressive body language also makes the characters feel more real, more human – which helps the reader to engage with the story.

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1 simple tip for drawing hands

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I’ve always found that hands are the hardest thing to draw. Here’s a simple technique I used to make things easier when I was illustrating my new book My Dead Bunny.

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Meet the Cast of ‘My Dead Bunny’ (part 3)

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

Last week I showed some reference sketches for the secondary characters (Mum, Dad and the sister) and the three main human characters (Sigi, Billy and Stan).

Today I’m showing some reference sketches for the eponymous character: the dead bunny.

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

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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.

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