Student creates ‘Adventures of Loki and Floyd’

Gillian hopes her book will be published as well as available as an eBook.
Gillian hopes her book will be published as well as available as an eBook.

A cartoon cat and dog duo have been brought to life in a colourful new children’s book created by a Friockheim student.

Produced for an art and design project Gillan Annandale, who is studying computer arts at D&A College, was inspired by her own pets to create a book around the adventures of Loki, the dog and Floyd, the cat.

She said: “Loki the French Bulldog, and Floyd the Persian Cat are both family pets, who have these amazing, human like personalities. I loved making them into cartoons, and have them show the personality they have naturally. I hope they have even more adventures in the future.”

A former Brechin High School pupil, Gillian is hoping the children’s book can become a published piece of literature.

The book is already available to the general public as an eBook on Amazon for £2, with nine copies sold so far. Gillian hopes that when it is physically published it will sell lots more!

“While the eBook is currently available on Amazon, I haven’t as of yet found anybody to publish the book. I just don’t know enough about publishing to know the best place to go. I’d love to see it in a book store someday, perhaps with a bit of merchandise too.”

The book is all Gillian’s own creation, including the colourful illustrations, and took several months to complete.

She added: “They were hand drawn first, then created and compiled digitally. I counted up about 150 images including backgrounds, characters, and props for the book. It took about four months.”

Gillian is also keen to continue her writing, explaining: “I’ve always been an avid reader and creative writer.

“I am a massive fan of Garfield Strips, and love character creation, so having the chance to make this book has been a fantastic experience which I would like to keep going!”