Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Doctorpus

Happy Birthday for yesterday to Doctor Who.

Doctjarv Who

Here's Jarvis the Octopuppy in his Whovian get-up. For one of his silly outfits in the book, I chose to dress him as "my" Doctor, Tom Baker. Not only because ol' Tom was my favourite in the role (with Patrick Troughton a close second) but because Jarvis's googly eyes aren't a million miles away from Mr. Baker's own.

I was careful to match the colours of the original scarf, along with other details of Tom's earliest outfits. The sonic screwdriver is authentic mid-'70s... and of course the bag of jelly babies. Plus a little sink plunger reminder of his deadliest foes (which also provides a plumbing link to Jarvis's toilet journey from the story in The Octopuppy.)

Thursday, 21 November 2013


Brilliant work from Brilliant B3, a class of 6 year olds at Eastern Hutt School in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Well done to Holly & Max for your excellent Octopuppy ideas!

Here's their blog:

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Kennel club sandwich

Oh dear! I've been so busy on my next book recently that I've not been whacking as much stuff up here for youse to see. There's still loads of Octopuppy making-of things to shake out of the Octopuppy shoebox and share with you.
A quick one to keep you going for now, here's another attempt I made at that kennel idea for the cover of the book. A few posts ago I showed you (Hey! Yes YOU. If you can tear your gaze away from that ornamental cabbage for a minute) a deeply unsuccessful cover rough from early on which featured a symbolic kennel for Jarvis. He doesn't have a kennel in the story, but I liked the image of tentacles poking incongruously out of a dog house, you see.

I tried a simpler idea with the kennel viewed from the side so we glimpse even less of Jarvis to keep him more mysterious. This quick doodle has fewer tentacles than the earlier one below. Either way the idea didn't seem to work and if anything might be a bit too eldritch.