This was my 2008 entry for the ‘Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2008’.
The concept behind this snippet from the story comes from when Adi, a young girl out to save her parents from a swarm of mutant toads and rats that emerge after a chemical leak, is set upon by a rather grisly mutant rat. She is helped along the way by the mutated creature who was once her beloved pet newt.
This was quite an old story I dug out from one of my journals so the characters and look of the world they lived in had a revamp and was brought to life for the first time with the puppets I spend my time creating. The background was created in the computer with a number of sketches and cardboard models that have been scanned or photographed. The rat himself was created with a number of messy ink doodles that I purposely kept dark and splodgy, giving him a menacing and unnatural feel.