In 2015, writer and actor Nathan Bryon approached friend, collaborator and illustrator Dapo Adeola with an idea for a children’s book. As a specialist in character design, Dapo brought Nathan’s vision of Rocket – a curious young black girl with big hair and an even bigger love for space – to life, turning a topic more typically associated with white, male characters on its head. After hashing out a first draft and meeting with an agent, the pair were soon (and quite overwhelmingly) inundated with offers from major publishing houses. By mid-2017 they were signing a three-book deal with Penguin Random House – an incredible feat considering that this was their first project of this kind. With the book set for release this summer, Dapo charts his inspirations and learnings on everything from background art to planning and timing, as a newbie to the picture-book world.