The Adventures of Sydney

It is mandatory for illustrators to have an unpublished children’s book. Sydney is mine, a petulant little girl who is forever finding trouble and slipping into a world of talking woodland creatures. The images here represent three different projects that have been produced over the years.

Sugar Weather

On a bleak winter’s night the cat wanders off. Fearing the worst, Sydney treks into the dark woods to search for him.

The Neighbor’s Dog

Even on vacation Sydney has to do chores. Although annoyed at having to walk the neighbor’s dog everyday, on this day the routine turns to adventure.

The Bonnard Twins

Cass and Wex are the only children of a wealthy merchant. They travel the galaxy in a beat up old spaceship looking to make “the big score” and prove themselves to their father. The Twins exist in a large space fantasy universe of fabulous aliens and futuristic machines.

This section has concept illustrations from a number of story ideas.

People of the Galaxy

The universe of the Bonnard Twins is inhabited by vast population of sentient species.

Slave to the Fashion Machine

I started this project up as design challenge, my illustration tends to be a snap shot of a time and place, people and events, I set myself to create formal presentations of figure against background. The theme came from a television program which featured an MIT student who had burdened himself with several pounds of electronic equipment to record every moment of his life. What, I thought, would the world be when this embedded technology reached high fashion. Fashion Machine was the result. (Note: this was some years ago, technology is well on it’s way to invading fashion.)

Strange Water

Have you ever listen to a conversation? Really listened. Not to the ideas, thoughts and meanings that people communicate, but to the words only. Stripped of context, conversations take on a new life.

Jook Joint

A short story in which a shy young man has an unexpected encounter.

A challenge was put out by one of the writers, could we write and illustrate a story in two hours. No, we couldn’t. It took several hours, but we did complete it in a single long night.


This is a sequence of strips done for Quix Quarterly, a local art paper. These conversations actually took place, only the names have been changed so that the guilty won’t know we’re talking about them.

Rob Walker Illustration