Writing a children’s sci-fi adventure

I’ve enjoyed a spot of writing in recent weeks. Much of my time is spent in other creative forms so to sit and write is a pleasure.

I’d had this children’s adventure story in my mind for some time so figured I should set it down and start to mould it into some shape.

It’s about a young boy and his pet dog who enjoy a long walk in the woods. The dog races on ahead a discovers something buried deep in the undergrowth. A spaceship, no less!

As the two pull the bracken, brambles, sticks and shrubbery away they unveil a single seater starfighter that looks for all the world like it might just actually work.

I put together some sketches to try and visualise the opening chapter.

The story is still in its rough state and I’m hoping to add some detail in the coming weeks. I’d really love to have this as the seed for a series of adventures for the kid and his dog.

Concept art for a children’s picture book about a pet dinosaur

I’m currently working with a children’s author to bring a fantastic story about a young boy and his pet Tyrannosaur to life. I’ve used Mischief to form the concepts and Corel Painter to produce the finished work.


Book cover concept drawn with Corel Painter


Concepts created using Mischief

I think it’s fair to say that some of those pieces won’t feature :) Great fun creating them though.

I used the T-Rex from Jurassic Park as reference for the more detailed / less cartoon-like shots. I guess if you’re going to have a dinosaur as a pet you really should have the most fearsome of all!

We’re hoping to have the work completed and self-published for christmas.