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.

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.