Monthly Archives: December 2013

Thank You!

Thank you

2013 is coming to an end and before I’m off to celebrate Christmas and New Year with friends and family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you who has followed, liked and / or commented on my blog. It means a lot to me.

Through WordPress I’ve “met” some amazingly creative and interesting bloggers and I’m looking forward to continue reading your blogs in 2014. Here’s to another year of creativity and hopefully new friendships! Merry Christmas!

Who is afraid of rats?

rats in the basement G Olivo

A few years later, Mrs Dyer met her cruel and despicable fate
When Amelia locked her in the basement, way back in 1848

Not me, I love them. But I think Mrs Dyer has a pretty good reason for being petrified of rats. My illustration (and animation) is finally starting to take shape.

And speaking of rats, my sister and I had two pet rats many, many years ago. I named mine Amadeus (the black rat on the left in the pic below) but my sister just couldn’t decide on a name for hers, so I started calling it “the cow” (it had the same distinctive colour markings as a Holstein cow) and the name just stuck. Rats are incredible pets. They are very intelligent and loving. My rat was so comfortable around me; it would fall asleep on my shoulder.

pet rats

Amadeus and the cow

……        🙂

Animation test

I have decided to animate parts of my picture book “Amelia Dyer” for my website and this is a short animation loop. This is the scene where Mrs Dyer is locked in the basement and that square thing behind her is the basement door reference.

Character Design – Mrs Dyer

Below is my version of Sarah Hobley née Weymouth – Amelia Dyer’s mother, which I refer to as Mrs Dyer in my book. I did a bit of research on Victorian hairstyles and decided that Mrs Dyer, should have a Pompadour. Apparently the hairstyle was popular from the 1890s, so there’s a chance that the real Mrs Dyer did don this bizarre look.

Sarah Hobley née Weymouth


Voilà, it’s here!

My Monster book by G Olivo

My picture book has finally arrived! Made my day 🙂

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