This project is now a complete portfolio of pen, brush and ink, with digital color. The set at this time includes 24 illustrations. Once the text has been developed, we will have a new picture book. Six of the finished color images precede a different group of original black and white drawings. I want to show something of the process without being repetitive. The entire portfolio is now in color.
Che the dog, who is too old to see well, has the friend he really needs – he just doesn’t know it yet. Get a PDF ebook edition for only $2.99. There is also a nice print version. Besides the illustrated story, I put extra drawings on the page corners. These can be used as a flipbook, the front and the back of pages. For any intrepid little reader that wants to see how animation works, there are additional pages of drawings that show the complete movements of Che and his friend. The book finishes with a color catalog of the native wildflowers in Che’s garden.
Amos Tutuola is about as unique a storyteller as the modern world has known. His creations are unimaginable, yet he did thus. I have done several preliminary versions of these drawings. This is a small sampling. One day I plan to illustrate a complete portfolio of this tale.
Like a lot of people in America, my first exposure to any concept of Bush of Ghosts was the joint project by the same name between Brian Eno and David Byrne. This was one of the first albums to use sampling as we understand it today. I was curious about the source of their inspiration and eventually found a copy of Tutuola’s book. It is a hallucinatory experience with roots in ancient beliefs of the Yoruba people. I don’t know what impact western culture played on Tutuola’s convictions and beliefs, but what manifested from this collision is probably quite beyond what is germane to either western Nigeria, or especially England, the fading colonial power of his childhood.