Dick Martin is one of my biggest influences when it come to Oz. When I decided to figure out what I wanted to do for the cover to a project I am doing, this picture from the Autumn 1976 issue of the Baum Bugle came to mind. This is one of my favorite pieces of his work and thought it would be fun to do something similar.
Thanks to Marcus Mebes, who sent me a copy of the 1992 Oziana, is the first picture I ever had published. It shows you how much I have improved in the last 20 years and yet my style hasn't really changed very much.
If you follow me on Facebook then you know that I've been thinking of writing a story for Oziana based on these two characters, Fess and the Flittermouse. They were two of the characters from the last official Oz book Merry Go Round in Oz. Fess is now a knight for the Kingdom of Toth and I decided to make him a little older than his first apperance.
Jared Davis asked me if I wanted to do a dedication for our upcoming book Outsiders from Oz. I had to think about who I wanted to dedicate the book to because there are so many to choose. I finally decided to choose Georginna Trujillo, who is the inspiration on how I want my version of Ozma to look like. She is my childhood best friend, the girl next door, and one of the few people in this world I can truly say that I love.
Sometimes I'm asked to work on a project for someone that ultimately gets shelved. Here are some pictures I did for a story that got cut from the project. If you have an idea what these pictures were for, please keep it quiet for right now.
So I'm cleaning out my cabinet and I came across some pictures that I never finished or were not used for some reason. I thought it would be nice to put up some of the pictures. Here is a picture from "The Hidden Valley of Oz" I did of the Guardian of the Magic Muffin Tree. For some reason I never finished it. I thought it would be interesting just to show the pencils.
The great thing about drawing Oz is that I have plenty of pictures I could use for books. Say one of my writers mentions Jack Pumpkinhead. I could find an unused picture of him like this one and put it in the book.