Short Reports: Sam Bradley vs. The Graveyard Book.

August 27, 2010 at 9:52 am 1 comment

Unfortunately today Kali is unable to post her monthly piece, apologies! Still, there’s plenty of art to be had so let’s do another Short Report. This one comes from Sam Bradley, visiting a scene from  Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.

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My illustration depicts a scene from Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. I chose a scene from the second chapter, entitled “The New Friend”. Here we see Nobody Owens, our young protagonist, leading his new friend Scarlett Amber Perkins through the old graveyard he calls home, and into a mausoleum. The illustration itself is 8×11″, painted with watercolor on 140lb cold press paper, with photoshop touch-ups.

I discovered The Graveyard Book last year, and it ended up being my favourite read of 2009. One of the things that attracted me to the story was how consistently visually appealing it was. Each chapter seemed to feature an evocative new set piece – choosing which to illustrate was one of my biggest hurdles. It was difficult not to settle on one of the more climactic scenes, but ultimately it was my hope that by illustrating an early section of the story it would serve as a better introduction to Gaiman’s Graveyard as well as potentially entice someone who hasn’t already read the book to pick up a copy.
I’m Sam Bradley, by the way. I share a home in Toronto with my lovely girlfriend. As far as picture making goes, by day I supervise location design on the animated Total Drama series which you can check out regularly on teletoon or cartoon network. By night i’m a contributor to and editor of The Anthology Project, a comic anthology which you can preview at, and perhaps find at your local purveyor of comics. I’m hoping I’ll eventually find the time to illustrate a bit more of The Graveyard Book. In the mean time, feel free to have a look at my website at

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