Friday, June 12, 2009

After the Wild Rumpus!

All of that rumpusing can wear you out:)

This is my contribution to Cory Godbey's tribute blog to Maurice Sendak: Terrible Yellow Eyes. I have been inspired by Cory's work for years now, so I jumped at the chance when he invited me to be part of his project!
It was a lot of fun to rediscover Where the Wild Things Are. Picking up the actual hard-bound copy with the beautiful Caldecott Medal on the cover instantly took me back to story time on the carpet in kindergarten. At that age, no career could have been more glamorous than being a children's book author and illustrator. If you had that golden seal, however, it meant you were... well...a rockstar. So thank you to Mr. Sendak - we all hope you enjoy this project and that you keep on rockin'!


And just for kicks, here is my original sketch. Usually my sketches look like nothing but chicken-scratch, so the fact that this mildly resembles the finished painting is quite remarkable. So remarkable, in fact, that I decided it was both scan and blog worthy. Ball-point pen scribbles on scratch paper.

I will have more exciting things to share soon! Have a lovely weekend!

37 comments:

pumml said...

Beautiful painting, Brittney!

Aaron Ludwig said...

This is flat-out awesome. Nice tribute!

Bill Robinson said...

Bee-yoo tiful. I love how you maintained some of the colors of the original illustrations but put your own spin on it too! And the oval shape is nice as well. And Max is based on your cat, isnt he?

Hypnotic said...

Amazing. i love your style))

Keith Zulawnik said...

This is so great in so many ways. I love seeing such a flurry of lines flying everywhere in your sketch! So fun to see next to your final.

The colored one, yea. amazing.. hahah

Great contribution!

Hammy said...

I'm floored. I also found my new desktop wallpaper!!! :) Thank you so much, I'm going to be inspired everyday seeing your art on my desktop now.

Amy said...

Welp, I need to tear up and start again!

I have just found your blog and I'm blown away. Your work is just beautiful and I love your colours.

Not to mention, you can't go wrong with parrots :)

RAWLS said...

Beautiful! Looks great Britt!!

Roland said...

This is great. One of my favourites.

damon said...

nice

Betsy Bauer said...

This is very inspiring. Thanks for posting!

Tom Bagshaw said...

Beautiful work Brittney!!

chris chua said...

beautiful work! Keep em coming!

Thomas F. Dougherty said...

A master work, a great tribute to the original!

♥ fashion chalet said...

You have a beautiful blog, and are very talented with what you do. Found you via terrible yellow eyes. :)


x

Dam Ferreira said...

Your blog is fantastic
COngratulations

Bluesketchez said...

very beautiful

k. borcz said...

That's adorable! makes me want to read the book

Vanhoozerbot said...

Freaking awesome!
Inspiring!!

JV

anima-base said...

It's beautiful Brittney..

JP said...

This is stunning- would love to see how you work up the sketch- maybe post a video sometime?

winchester said...

Gorgeous take on a classic!

shira said...

hi brittney !

beautiful illustration, love your work!
what is the brush you use for the thin lines?


it is really a beautiful thing..

Craig Mackay said...

Breathtaking, Brittney!

Brian Taylor Illustration said...

Yes, this is wonderful. Love your work. Found it through the Terrible Yellow Eyes site.

Sidney Meireles said...

Your blog is fantastic
COngratulations

Trevor Spencer said...

this is just simply amazing!

i love your artwork!

Owen Williams said...

Veeeery cool :)

Desiree Cassidy said...

Fan-friggen-tastic :)

B! said...

awesome sketch, and nice final painting... i like the scratchiness of the sketch.

Cameron Thompson said...

Hi Brittney I was just wondering if are you over at Pixar? And if you're not you should be. Your work is absolutely stunning and im sure they would pick you up in a microsecond.

Daniel MacGregor said...

Wow, like everyone here I grew up with this book. Max is Awesome. I'd love to see the whole book done like this.

Christina Forshay said...

Wow, this is pure awesome.

Suze said...

Thanks for posting the sketch as well! It's wonderful seeing the beginnings behind your gorgeous work :)

Greg said...

Amazing, envious I am!

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Roxanne Lindberg said...

Love it! Did you like the movie? if you saw it..