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.

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Book cover concept drawn with Corel Painter

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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.

Stanley and his pet T-Rex

The wonderful thing about writing stories is that you can be ridiculous.
My son is a proper livewire and has no apparent sense of danger. So it makes perfect sense that he should befriend a T-Rex from baby to fully grown terrifying carnivore.

Imagine the fun that could be had if such a friend went to school with him :)

Here’s a quick concept sketched using Mischief.

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