The importance of research

I have had in my mind for a while now a story about a pair of gibbons, brothers who are as different as brothers can be, but who learn from one another. It’s a lovely little story that I wrote for my nephews and I started the illustrations today.

Unfortunately, I thought that a few trips to the zoo would be ample research for a story about gibbons. Somehow on all of those zoo trips I failed to notice that gibbons don’t have tails! This tale needs a tail! It doesn’t work without one.

Not to worry, a solution has presented itself, instead of gibbons the characters are now possums. It’s a great solution because it’s allowed me to ‘Australianise’ the story.

Here’s the first sketches for the Possum Brothers – a tale about brotherly love and being yourself, most of the time.

Brothers

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