Thursday, October 8, 2009
I decided to take the challenge and come up with a Where the Wild Things Are illustration. Luckily a friend gave me the The Art of Maurice Sendak a few years ago as a gift, which served as a great source. It's an enormous book with startlingly little pages dedicated to the wild things.
I wanted to play with scale in this piece to emphasize the fact that Max, this little kid, is playing with full blown monsters. I wanted the monster to look hulking and scary but at the same time friendly. Basically, if you know nothing of the book you'd assume that the big guy is in for a quick snack, save maybe for the characters' expressions.
I didn't check out the Terrible Yellow Eyes blog until after I drew this, and I'm sort of glad as all the pieces are amazing and may have discouraged me from actually attempting this, haha.