Thursday, April 01, 2010


Einstein's Underpants!




'Einstein's Underpants- And How They Saved the World' written by Anthony McGowan is published today by Corgi Yearling. This was a book cover I worked on in September last year. I read the manuscript first and thought it was hilarious. It's just the sort of book I'd have loved reading as a kid. It's very very silly.

Alexander is given a pair of old stained Y-fronts, by his bonkers Uncle Otto. Reputedly worn by Albert Einstein himself, the pants bestow magical powers of cleverness on Alexander. And that's just what he needs to foil an imminent alien invasion and an impending meteor strike that could destroy all mankind.

He recruits a bunch of misfit kids from his school with this advert in the 'Items Wanted' section of the school message board:

"Any persons with special powers, such as super strength, telekinetic ability (i.e. moving stuff with just your brain), anti-gravity skills (e.g. flying), controlling magnetism, etc. etc., to join an elite team of heroes to save the world. Come to room 111 at 12.30 on Wednesday. No time-wasters. No loonies. Refreshments not supllied."

Although I liked the previous advert more.

"Girlfriend. Must be gorgeous and like snogging. She must not mind clammy hands, acne, BO or bad breath."

If only I'd thought of this, I might have met my wife much sooner....

Anyway, here's the final art:


There were a few fiddles with deciding where Alexander should go, and at one point his friend Melvyn featured on the back cover. I might post some roughs if I can dig them out....

5 comments:

Tonymac said...

Hey Jonny - nice to read your comments and kind words about Einstein. Great illustrations, too! Don't know where you live, but please feel free to come along to the launch party at West End Lane Books in West Hampstead on thursday at 6.30. Detains here:
http://www.welbooks.co.uk/news%20and%20events%20mcgowan.html
Regards
Tony McGowan

Tonymac said...

Hey Jonny - nice to read your comments and kind words about Einstein. Great illustrations, too! Don't know where you live, but please feel free to come along to the launch party at West End Lane Books in West Hampstead on thursday at 6.30. Detains here:
http://www.welbooks.co.uk/news%20and%20events%20mcgowan.html
Regards
Tony McGowan

WeaselBoy said...

Hi Jonny. I've been a fan of your work for some time now. I just bought your Pirate book and had a question for you about it. How long did it take you to complete a one page spread in it? Just curious... I'm looking forward to following your blog here...

jonny duddle said...

Hi Tony!

Thanks for commenting! I think I missed your launch party, but I wouldn't have been able to make it anyway. I'm up in the Welsh hills, and London is a faraway place.... Nevertheless, Thank you for the invite! I hope it went well.

And Weaselboy, thank you for buying 'The Pirate Cruncher'! It's difficult to say how long each spread took, because the whole book was developed in stages with little tweaks to each spread. I think the time taken to develop a finished rough into a colour artwork varied from a couple of days to four days or so....

Dennis Jones said...

...your tutorials helped move me out of traditional painting and into the world of digital painting. Thanks a bunch!