by Sam Gayton’s book Hercufleas which I have been reading to my kids as a bedtime story.
Here is our hero as a bright young thing, liberated by his own ignorance before the troubles of life throw themselves at him.
My character. Nothing like the ilustrations in the book as published.
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to an early sketch of Arthur Dent for the Hitchhiker’s Guide.
Developing a character for an illustration project I’m working on. This guy is English. Home Counties. A Guardian reader. (More likely he reads both the Guardian and the Telegraph) Of genteel stock. Often confused and frequently angry but possessed of a certain sense of sardonic humour and resilience. His name is Arthur Dent.
I have a yearning to illustrate the works of literature I admire most. The challenge is to take something lovely and add another layer of complementary beauty. That needs creative reinterpretation – If I’m not adding value, the task isn’t worth the candle.
This story is screaming for fantasy caricature illustration. 40 yrs too late, but hey it’s a classic eh? .
This is an exercise in getting to know my characters as if they were real people.
But they aren’t . . .