I have been inspired by the amazing link that Cally Jane (thanks Cally Jane!) had posted awhile back regarding Corey Godbey's project, Terrible Yellow Eyes. He wanted to put together a collection of paintings inspired by Where the Wild Things Are as a tribute and celebration of the book which had a massive influence on him. If you are not familiar with his project, please click here and enjoy!
These three illustrations were very fun to sketch and paint. I created the first "Welcome, Max!" (where the monsters are visions in the wind blowing Max and his boat to the island) and had a hard time with the water. I made it light and wispy at first, then decided it really needed to be pumped up with vibrant color, and then the marks/strokes were added to give it the feel that Mr. Sendak has in his book..though mine were much less strokes..the man was amazing!
The second and third pieces were more conceptual for me..I was thinking of Max growling and romping around (he's a young Max, isn't he?!) and then spotting the yellow moon and suddenly realizing that it was time to go home. Kinda like trotting to the edge of the world to realize that you're missing something.
The final piece is Max realizing that he has just been shut into his room..and how shocked he was. Mr. Sendak illustrated an angry max, folded arms and a bit pouty, but I think there's a bit of "oh my! Mom meant it this time!" in him, and so this is what I came up with...my little Max's are younger. I suppose I like to think of him as sweet and innocent..though Sendak's Max was mischievous, for sure.
I hope you enjoy these! I will get on to more posting - and my IF as soon as I can. Have a great rest of the weekend!!