I had the pleasure of working with the incredible Vince Nguyen here at Blue Sky on this piece! This sculpture is based on his character he designed for a children’s book. (I’ll try scanning in the drawing I used to create this scupt) I must say, these talented folks I work with in the design dept. sure keep me busy with all these “SIMPLE” designs. Hard and time consuming to sculpt, but so fun nonetheless!
So here’s a beautiful sculpt of Louis riding a dodo bird by Alena Wooten. The character was shown in a children’s book called Louis and the Dodo. It was one of my first children’s book years ago and it’s still one of my favorite books I’ve worked on. Alena is a super star sculptor at Blue Sky Studios and I jumped at the chance to get her to sculpt anything for me.
And finally the very cute illustration with the original characters from the book Louis & the Dodo by Mark Shulman, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen:
Bookplate illustration (and detail) from Neue Seite 1.
1. Dronte (Raphus cucullatus),[ausgestorben]
Bei Oken: Walgvogel (Didus ineptus)
2. Kiwi (Apteryx australis)
Bei Oken: Kiwi (Aptery australis)
3. Großtrappe (Otis tarda)
Bei Oken: Trappe (Otis tarda)
4. Helmkasuar (Casuarius casuarius)
Bei Oken: Casuar (Casuarius indicus)
5. Strauß (Struthio camelus)
Bei Oken: Strauß (Struthio camelus)
As A Dodo: The obituaries you’d like to see is a satirical British blog of faux obituaries, written by George Poles and Simon Littlefield. Recently, some of the blog writings became a book: As a Dodo: The Obituaries You’d Really Like to See.
Death comes to us all, but never in so pleasing a way as now. As a Dodo is a satirical compilation of faux obituaries to make you wipe tears of laughter from your eyes as you bid farewell to all things lost. From Britney’s hair and the comedy double act of Bush and Blair to Prince Harry’s bad-boy reputation, nothing is safe from the scathing wit of the award-winning blogsters. Speaking ill of the dead has never been so much fun!
The Last Dodo is a BBC Books original novel written by Jacqueline Rayner and based on the long running science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones. It was published on 19 April 2007, after the television debut of companion Martha Jones, alongside Sting of the Zygons, and Wooden Heart.
Description from the BBC Shop:
After a trip to the zoo, the Doctor and Martha go in search of a real live dodo, and are transported by the TARDIS to the mysterious Museum of the Last Ones. There, in the Earth section, they discover every extinct creature up the the present day – billions of them, from the tiniest insect to the biggest dinosaur, all still alive and in suspended animation.
Preservation is the Museum’s only job – collecting the last of every endangered species from all over the universe. And for millenia the Museum has been trying to trace one elusive specimen: the last of the Time Lords.
Featuring the Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit series.
Interesting and unusual books from all over the world on all aspects of natural history, ecology and environmental science, including palaeontology & geology.
Also books on the history and culture of the islands of the Indian Ocean – home of the late lamented dodo.
Each page of the site has a nice dodo cartoon, like this one. They were created by Lucy and Anthony Cheke. Anthony seems to be a great guy. He says: From the mid-1960s until 1981 I worked in plant and animal ecology in Oxford, Thailand and Mauritius, with visits and expeditions to Japan, Corsica, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast. He published a book about his project in Mauritius, opened the Dodo Books, and since the mid-1990s he has again been involved in ornithological travel and the ecological history & conservation of the Mascarene Islands. And his plans also include a new book on the way.
But there is more, he also kindly left his most recent publications available to download as PDFs on his page. Among the very interesting articles you will find more scientific information about dodos and “their” island, Mauritius.