Helen Cann / Commission
Commissioner: Miles Kelly
Date of publication / release: 01.08.2016

Miles Kelly have graciously let me post about ‘The Call of the Wild’ – an 8 month project that finished finally this Monday.  The classic American novel by Jack London tells the story of Buck, forced to work as a sled dog in the harsh but beautiful snowy wastes of 1890’s Yukon during the gold rush.  He eventually hears the call of the wild and escapes to recognise it in his own heart…

Jack London himself travelled to the Yukon, living in tents and working with dog teams. The novel is full of details of the brutality both men and dogs tolerated and it’s clear much was based on real life experience.

I find it strange that I am attracted to tales set in cold places, of snow and ice, of dogs and sleds.  I too, had my own dog sled adventure above the Arctic Circle a few years ago, mushing my team of three through the dim starlit midwinter days in the awesome silence of the snow. Perhaps that is the seed of my fascination.

Read more about my experience illustrating 'The Call of the Wild' by visiting www.helencann.co.uk/news










Attached images:
Green Man, wild man of the woods
The birds let the flowers paint their feathers.
Sleeping animals
F is for Fox.
The birds get their feathers and realise they can
Ama Terasu
Animals and their clothes.
Happy little goat
The dog sled team fight the starving huskies
Peacock gets his feathers. Finally!
Chinese cooking