Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Friday, July 30, 2010
Last week was the 2010 Winkie convention. Regretfully, I was not able to go. I decided that I am going to try my best to make next years con. Hopefully I will be able to meet with any of you going. The theme for next year is The Sea Fairies, so I thought I would put up a picture of Trot as a mermaid from that book.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
As I improve as an artist, one of the characters that pretty much stayed the same over the years is the Scarecrow. Just like the model sheets I did for the Tin Woodman and Dorothy, I wanted to show different views and expressions of his face.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I thought I would put an update on all the projects I'm currently working on.
- The Ransom of Button-Bright: I am trying to get this finished as soon as possible. Most of the penciling is done and I'm trying to get it lettered and inked.
- Marcus Mebes' projects: Marcus gave me 2 books to work on. He wants them to be secret for now, but they will be very interesting once they are completed.
- The Umbrellaphant in Oz: Now that I'm done with Bucketheads in Oz, Chris Dulabone sent me a new book to illustrate. Umbrellaphant is written by Carlos P. Silva and Marin Elizabeth Xiques. Chris knows how much I love Captain Salt in Oz and thought this would be perfect for me.
- The Talking City of Oz: Ron Baxley Jr's story is currently being edited by Chris and Marin right now. Once that's done it's off to me to illustrate. Ron is hoping to have it done by the fall, but I'm doubtful that I'll complete it that soon.
- Images of Oz(working title): This is the art book I'm trying to put together. I have plenty of art I can put in the book. I just have to figure out what I want the book to look like.
Hopefully I can get some of these projects done soon.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This week marks the 25th anniversary of when I discovered the Oz series. Like most people, my first encounter with Oz was with the 1939 movie. It wasn't until I saw "Return to Oz" that I wanted to learn more about Oz. Luckily my neighborhood library had all 14 of the white editions of the Oz books. So what does this picture of "The Road to Oz" have to do with it? I'm sure you can guess which book I read first.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
In Oz, Three mortal girls came to live from the great outside world. Sometimes when he drew the girls, John R. Neill didn't show the distinction between the three. Here is a picture of Betsy Bobbin, Dorothy, and Trot, to show the differences of each girl.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I am known for my work illustrating Oz. I originally started drawing funny animal cartoons. My love for "Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew" and Scott Shaw!, the artist of that book, made me want to create my own superhero funny animal comics. Megamoose and his sidekick Chum the Wonder Squirrel are characters I created almost 20 years ago. Here is a picture I did bringing my two loves together. You may notice that I signed it as Ruff!, which is the name I use for my funny animal art.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Now that I am done with Bucketheads in Oz, Iam busy working on some other projects. One of these projects is a comic story for Oziana. Here is the first page for The Ransom of Button-Bright written by J.L. Bell. To be continued in Oziana some time in the future.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
There are not many pictures of the Wicked Witch of the East without her being crushed underneath a house. I found one in The Tinwoodman of Oz and one on the cover of the 1992 Oziana done by Eric Shanower (I did the back cover BTW). Here is my take on her. Next I will be doing the Good Witch of the East.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
There are many witches who could claim to be the Wicked Witch of the South. On the left we have Eric Shanower's Wicked Witch of the South from "The Enchanted Apples of Oz". On the right we have Singra from Rachel Cosgrove Payes' "The Wicked Witch of Oz". In the middle is Blinkie from L. Frank Baum's "The Scarecrow of Oz". Each can lay claim to the title. Since I've already did a post on Glinda, I will do the Wicked Witch of the East next.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Officially there was no Good Witch of the West in canon. When Eric Shanower did the graphic novel The Blue Witch of Oz, he suggested that Gloma, the witch of the Black Forest from the book The Wishing Horse of Oz, was the Good Witch of the West. I'll go with that. Next the many faces of the Wicked Witches of the South.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
When it comes down to it, the most famous of the Oz witches is the Wicked Witch of the West. Most fans of the movie would not know this version,but anyone who is a fan of the book should recognize her. Once again I based her on how Denslow drew her in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Next the Good Witch of the West and who she might be.
Friday, April 30, 2010
From a suggestion from Jared Davis, I give you The Good Witch of the North. Depending on who you ask, her name is either Locasta from the stage musical or Tattypoo, the name given to her by Ruth Plumly Thompson for the book "The Giant Horse of Oz". I kept her looking the same way W.W. Denslow drew her. Next I will do a picture of the Wicked Witch of the North.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Since the last two posts were of the rulers of the Gillikins and the Winkies, I thought I would continue the theme. Here is a picture of Glinda the Good, ruler of the Quadlings. Looks like my next post will be of King Cheeriobed , Queen Orin, and Prince Philador, the royal family of the Munchkins.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you know I don't like the steampunk robot version of the Tin Woodman that many artists are doing lately. I thought since I was complaining I should put up my version of Nick Chopper. I know it's not very original since I based it on how John R Neill and Dick Martin drew him.Still I think I put a little of my own style into him.