Phileas Fox
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Introducing Phileas Fox and his brave friends! After rescuing princess Aouda they flee through the jungle on the back of Kiouni the elephant. This is my offering for the Jules Verne Exhibition.

I chose to read “Around the world in eighty days” thinking I would be able to illustrate a hot air ballon. I very much enjoyed reading the book but realised there is no actual hot air balloon in it!!! I even read back over it to check if I had somehow missed it. However by the end of the story I felt very familiar with the characters and the transportation method that I remembered best was when they ride on the back of the Indian elephant.

Phileas Fogg is portrayed as a very refined English Gentleman full of mystery and intrigue, a gentleman who knows about the world yet a man of few words. He is very honest and yet he can be cunning (he hijacks a vessel in a last attempt to make it back to Britain) and we are constantly encouraged to wonder how he has made his fortune. Could there be more to this seemingly sincere gentleman? It struck me one evening he would make a very good gentleman fox. I can’t wait to see the exhibition and all the different illustrations!

Sian Bowman
Children's Illustrator
Sutton St Nich… UK

Based in the beautiful countryside of Herefordshire, UK I have been freelancing for 10 years. I admire so many artists but in particular I love the sweet and sophisticated nature o… Show more.

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We hired Sian as a contractor to illustrate our children's book. Our relationship could not have been more perfect. She was able to interpret the story and the illustrations showed that she knew the characters and brought them to life. Any modifications were made graciously and quickly. We could count on her and will use her again and again and again as we publish more books.
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