Those who have taken the time to be tortured by reading my blog know that Maurice Sendak artwork is one of those inspirations.
I picked up a copy of “The Griffin and the Minor Canon” by Frank R. Stockton with illustrations by Maurice Sendak.
I just loved how this book was illustrated with its spot illustrations mixed in with full two page spreads and simple wash of colors, just wonderful!
So when I started to read the text for “Ferdinand Frog’s Flight” by Marvin Mayer I felt I may be able to do something similar in style, I was wrong like most stories this book had a voice of its own and demanded something more from me; so I listened to it after a long struggle within myself to let go of my idea. I feel that it was for the better; I used two page spreads to illustrate Ferdinand and in full color from top to bottom.
This is not to say I was not influenced by Mr. Sendak artwork his Griffin and my Eric the Eagle do share some qualities with each other.
I also realized this format may of worked better for a book like “Libby the Odd Squirrel” well If I only bought the book a year or so ago, I’ll just keep the thought in the back of head for the next time.
I have not yet seen the printed version of the book yet but the PDF was looking good