Young Artist Draws the Dawn Treader

Bayside Bulletin is reporting on a really cool story of a young 9-year-old boy named Tom Systa who drew a picture of the Dawn Treader.

A framed sketch of the Dawn Treader hangs on the wall of production designer, Barry Robinson, reminding him of the vast ship built at Cleveland Point for the latest Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

But it’s not an artist’s impression, nor was one of the many creative staff on the film responsible; it was drawn by Thornlands nine-year-old, Tom Systa.

“When I saw how big it was and all the detail on the ship, I wanted to draw it,” Tom said.

“I love to draw lots of things.”

His mother, Bernadette, had taken her five children down to see the set being constructed at Cleveland Point when inspiration struck.

A keen sketcher, Tom pulled out a pen and his notepad and used the partially-constructed set and his own imagination to draw what the ship would look like.

He gave it to a member of the crew who was taking questions at the set gate, who delivered it to Mr Robinson.

Tom was reunited with his now-framed artwork on Friday, when he was invited to tour the set and see the completed ship up close.

“It was exciting and awesome! It was a lot bigger than I was expecting, I thought it would be a little, tiny boat,” Tom said.

Tom also received a copy of the complete Chronicles of Narnia novel and a Narnia picture book, with a signed message from Barry Robinson telling him he had talent and to keep up the good work.

“It has a few big words in it, but it’s fun to read because now I’ve seen the boat the story is about.” Tom said.

You can read the full story and see Tom’s sketch at here.

43 Responses

  1. narniaismylife says:

    He has talent!

  2. Very cool! I'm sure they boy will remember that for the rest of his life!

  3. Narniamiss says:

    That's cute. πŸ™‚ And I think the pic in the article is the first I've seen with Ben, Georgie and Skandar standing side by side so far.

  4. Narnia_Manaiac says:

    That's so sweet! Way to go little dude!

  5. wannawork4Weta says:

    Ahhh…he's reading it for the first time at such a great age…

  6. Mirima Rosetrader says:

    Wow he's good for a nine year old! Great job Tom!

  7. yeswelovenarnia says:

    WOW he's good!!!

  8. daughter of the King says:

    He did an excellent job.

  9. Lucille Brown says:

    I agree. I couldn't draw that.

  10. narnia365 says:

    Aw, that is so cool! He IS really good too… good for him! Keep up the awesome work!

  11. They know how to make a boy's day!

  12. Lady Polly says:

    He sounds like my brother.

  13. Narnia Girl says:

    Wow, way to go! He's awesome for a nine-year-old!

  14. BenBarnesGal says:

    WOW! Im 16 and even I could'nt draw that, but then again I'm not much of an artist!!

  15. Starlily says:

    Awww, that's sweet! But I'm so jealous that he got to go on the boat! I would give a lot to just be near it! But of course I never will, because I live on the other side of the world…

  16. ExtremeFan says:

    wow! he's 9! amazing talents.

  17. Silver the Wanderer says:

    Awww that's really neat! Congrats, Tom!

  18. fauntastic says:

    That's such a cool story! He definitely has a talent.

  19. Jilliette says:

    Wow!!! I would like to meet him!!! I like to draw as well…

  20. martin the warrior says:

    the same type of drawer as gonna draw that!

  21. narnian resident says:

    wow! boy i wish i could do something like that! hmm, i should write a poem about the DT, and maybe they would let me on set! haha that would be cool, but then everyone would do something of their talent for the DT.

  22. Lucy&Reepicheep says:

    thats for sure

  23. Lucy&Reepicheep says:

    Yeah your right, Georgie also gained some height.

  24. The Batman says:

    Wow, super sweet drawing!

  25. Mal says:

    Wow. That kid's got talent! Good for him, I say.

  26. Yeah. Geogie grew A LOT. I like Skandar's smile though.

  27. On-Fire4God says:


  28. graycsc says:

    That just gave me an idea. they should have a contest, any kind of artistic or creative work that best represents the Dawn Treader, the actual ship not the book, gets to go on the ship

  29. Feather~Light~Heart says:

    Wow congratulations, Tom! That is really well drawn too πŸ™‚

  30. pselpevensie says:

    OMG! that's INSANE! I can't draw that good, and i'm in high school!

  31. Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    He's NINE?!? Wow. No /wonder/ why I say that I'm horrible at art! He's good!

  32. Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    Yeah, really! I'd think it'd take a LOT more than just a picture to get on! (Congrats, Tom!)

  33. Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    sounds good to me! ;D

  34. Myself says:

    That is really cool! Mr. Robinson sounds really nice.

  35. Myself says:

    Tom is a great artists, too! Amazing, he has TONS of talent!

  36. Kelila says:

    Wow. If only I could have MY artwork framed and fussed over… πŸ˜‰

  37. NarniaKid says:

    Wow! That's such a great drawing for someone so young! I'm sure that Tom will never forget that experience!

  38. Mark Friedrich says:

    Can't see the art work. If onley the picture was up on the photo galleries of this website, then I could see the picture. I'm sure it looks nice.

  39. narniafan4ever says:

    I agree. πŸ™‚

  40. narniafan4ever says:

    me too. πŸ™‚

  41. King Skandar the Just says:

    awe! He's a cute kid! He's also a good artist!

  42. NarnianElf says:

    WOW!!!! That is exceptional talent.