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A peek inside The Boat in the Tree

Here’s some spreads from The Boat in the Tree. It was a great story to work on, with a gentle tone that lended itself to dream-like fantasy episodes.

As the story is narrated in first person by the boy, everything had to focus on him, so I tried to make the fantasy subtle rather than dominating the spreads. The biggest challenge was to maintain the flow from the reality of the boy’s actual situation with the escapism of his imagination, without confusing the reader.

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All illustration images © John Shelley, not to be used without permission scribblatosis(at)gmail(dot)com