Tag Archives: adventure

That dirty rotten Rochefort

Here’s a little scene from The Three Musketeers where our hero, D’Artagnan,  recovers from having been knocked out by Rochefort’s henchmen. Rochefort has a quick conversation with Milady DeWinter—and you can see that he has stolen D’Artagnan’s letter. That scoundrel!

Reference photos (yes, that’s a Wells-Fargo stagecoach), thumbnail sketch, tight sketch, color sketch, work in progress, final art—bon appetit!

Christopher Lee and the astonishingly lovely Faye Dunaway

The Channel of old England

More from Starry Forest’s The Three Musketeers. D’Artagnan must cross the English Channel to collect the Queen’s jewels from the Duke of Buckingham—and so restore her honor. Here’s our hero braving the sea-spray on the fo’c’sle deck. Thumbnail sketch, tight sketch, color sketch, some work in progress, final art.

The Three Musketeers is here!

A while ago I had the pleasure of working with Starry Forest Books on their version of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers for very young readers. I just got my advance copies so I guess it’s okay to show you the illustrations. 

Here are character designs I submitted to get the job. It’s Porthos, Athos, Aramis and D’Artagnan. They’re based very loosely on the 1973 Richard Lester movie with Frank Finlay, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York (screenplay by the mighty George MacDonald Fraser).

An early Christmas gift

Our British friends, the Wallaces (John, Sarah, William & Sam) sent a delightful little children’s book about a British family who travel around the United States.  It’s titled: Flight Three, U.S.A., A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure.  Story by David Scott Daniell, and what appear to be gouache illustrations by Jack Matthew—like the one of Old Faithful above. Published in 1959 by Wills & Hepworth Ltd, Loughborough.

As the title suggests, this book is part of a travelogue series.  This one’s about two British kids, Alison & John, who tag along on Daddy’s business trips.  They tour the United States while Daddy reels off information about their destinations.  When they stop by a farm in Middle America they eat hamburgers—’very large and delicious beef patties.’

I think we served hamburgers when the Wallaces visited us a few years back, on their tour of the United States.  We had tacos, too.  I met John and Sarah 10 years ago in Mexico on an illustrators’ retreat.  You can find a few of John’s images here.

Here’s an aerial shot of the Battery in New York City—