THROWBACK THURSDAY: REMORAS CREATE TERROR

Remoras Create Terror, by Elizabeth B Martin

Remoras Create Terror, by Elizabeth B Martin

These drawings were supposed to be part of a series (one must think big!) of an intrepid team going on adventures and saving the oceans.

Last week’s episode showed the Super Sonic Sunny Sub and their crew being startled by the huge shadow of a basking shark. The shark was covered with ramoras. As this shark is the second largest in the world, they feared for their lives and wondered what would happen next.

Ernest's Note, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

Ernest's Note, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

They didn’t have to wait long to find out. The ramoras detach themselves from the shark and attached themselves to the Super Sonic Sunny Sub. Ramoras navigate the oceans getting free rides. Captain Frank is in a complete panic, as he can’t see a thing. He is buffeted in all directions until he hits the side of a reef and loses one of his solar panels.

I would love to tell you what happens next but sadly, for many reasons, this is where the book got abandoned. I am sorry if this leaves you with a shaggy dog story. I would love to have announced that it became a winner series and a mad success.

We have all had projects like this. I live in hope that all our next projects will prove to be winners.

Look back at all the previous episodes here.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: REMORAS APPEAR

Remoras Appear, by Elizabeth B Martin

Remoras Appear, by Elizabeth B Martin

These drawings were supposed to be part of a series (one must think big!) of an intrepid team saving the oceans.

Last week’s TBT showed the team starting out on their mission in their Super Sonic Sunny Sub to save a baby orca who has lost its mother. Quite soon, a huge shape overshadows the Super Sonic Sunny Sub. Ernest is the only one who realizes it is a basking shark. They are the second largest in the world. It is covered with remoras.

Basking Shark with Remoras, by Elizabeth B Martin

Basking Shark with Remoras, by Elizabeth B Martin

By this time in the story, I thought I might try speech bubbles and tear out pages from Ernest’s diary. Have the book sort of look like The Magic School Bus series. At the time I didn’t realize I was drawing think bubbles!

Are they about to be attacked by the shark? If you want to find out, you will have to check out my TBT this following Thursday. You can also go back to my site and see the first six TBTs showing this book.

  

THROWBACK THURSDAY: FINALLY IN THE OCEAN

Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

These illustrations were supposed to be part of a series (one must think big!) of an intrepid team going on adventures and saving the oceans.

Last week’s TBT introduced us to the team of the Super Sonic Sunny Sub: Frank the puffin captain, Ziggy the cat engineer, Ernest the gecko diarist and interpreter, and Woof the dog that swims and interacts with the sea animals. Their present mission is to save a baby orca whale that has gotten separated from its mother. As you can see Ziggy is having another of her catnaps. She does this whenever not on duty.

I dropped the Super Sonic Sunny Sub onto a background photograph of a tropical reef. I wanted to see how the colors worked with our crew. I wanted to make sure they didn’t disappear in all the confusion.

They are about to get into trouble, but if you want to see what happens you will have to check out my TBT this following Thursday. You can go back to my site and see the first five TBTs showing this book.

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE CREW FOR THE SUPER SUB

The Super Sub Crew, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

The Super Sub Crew, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

Meet the crew for the Super Sonic Sunny Sub. They go on adventures and missions to save the oceans. This project was going to be, at least in my mind, a stunning book series. By making the books thrilling, I wanted to engage children in caring about the oceans.

Ziggy the cat is the engineer. She works out problems that occurred during the missions and fixes the super sub when needed.

Woof the dog is the outside element that is summoned to the super sub when there is a problem. He is a good swimmer and can leave the sub to swim about dealing with the issues.

Ernest the gecko is the diary keeper. He also speaks all the different dialects of the sea animals and translates for the others.

Captain Frank the puffin is the captain, navigator and sees to the charts and maps.

While trying out their different images, I dropped them onto one of my ocean backgrounds to see how they looked.

If you want to see them on their mission, you will have to check out my TBT next Thursday. You can see the first four TBTs showing this book here.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: GETTING READY FOR THE MISSION

Getting To Know The Team, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

Getting To Know The Team, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

These drawings were supposed to be part of a series (one must think big!) of an intrepid team going on adventures and saving the oceans.

Last week’s episode showed how Woof was awakened by a glowing Sunny, who then followed a map, went down a drain, and ended on a Super Sonic Sunny Sub. Not your run of the mill day, so Woof is a little shaken while meeting the crew.

Captain Frank the puffin is explaining the mission. Ziggy the engineer cat is working out the details and Ernest the gecko is making a new entry into his diary. They have to rescue a baby orca whale that has lost its mother. Before the mission starts, Ziggy, of course, takes a quick catnap. Finally they plug in Sunny and off they go.

Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

If you want to find out what happens next, you will have to check out my TBT this following Thursday. You can go back and see the first three TBTs showing the start of this book.