Speed of the Dark
Over the past year I have been working on illustrating a children's book written by Patrick Swidler. The book is about a boy named Mike who wishes to beat the speed of light, so works to build a rocket ship to help him do that. The story takes place in the 1950s, and as a fan of the look of that period, I had a great time designing the characters, costumes and setting to look like it belonged to that period.
One of the most interesting challenges I had was creating the rocket ship in multiple views. To do this, I made a model out of a foam toy football. I created a model of the dome of the ship with a half a Christmas ornament and some clay. I also created a model of the main character out of clay, so I could visuals him in multiple views.
I tried many versions of a rocket ship, but ultimately settled on a design that a boy would create. The ship I envisioned was made of different parts, including pieces of tin cans. It was fun designing the products that these bits of can would come from. I was, however, quite sick of painting rivets by the end of the project.
Since this is a time travel story, the author and I decided to pay homage to the movie "Back to the Future". In almost every illustration is a subtle reference to that movie.