Sunday, 12 July 2009

"...and made him king of all wild things." - Where The Wild Things Are.




I'm sure most people who have an interest in children's books and illustration have already found the enthralling terrible yellow eyes blog but if this name is new to you, and especially if you love Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, have a look ASAP if not before! After seeing the truly inspirational collection of varied artwork amassed on the blog I just couldn't resist having a go myself. "Charles the first duck thing" gave me a hard time at first , as did 'cow thing', but once I got those two I had a ball working with Sendak's lovely characters and setting. WTWTA is really going to be flavour of the year as Spike Jonze film is set to be released in October. As with any book to film project (not to mention an illustration heavy, text light, and fan adored book at that) the jury is out on whether or not the film will be able to live up to it's source material, but if the trailer, and Jonze's track record (the jaw dropping Being John Malkovich) are anything to go by it will certainly be worth seeing on the big screen. I can recommend the crew blog for the WTWTA film "we love you so" as an interesting way to regularly while away a few minutes on this and that.

**********UPDATE********** My sincere thanks go to Cory Godby over at terribleyelloweyes.com for inviting me to join in the fun with the 'wild bunch'. To post my work along side such a talented bunch as he's collected is an honour and a privilage.

17 comments:

qualia said...

i love this! of all your stuff that i've seen, this is easily one of my favourites.

Chris Kennett said...

Just fantastic! This should be included in the project, have you sent them a link?

Philip Morgan said...

Perfect! You've captured all the characters completely, especially Max.

Owl Eng said...

awesome! the final art work is perfectly beautiful!!love your sketches too!

Kevin Levell said...

Matt, where do I start? This is just brilliant stuff.
very well executed.

shahab said...

nice job!

ArtSparker said...

Sweet. I find getting multiple bodies into frame to be very challenging, so hat's off on the heapiness.

Mojo said...

I like your blog. You have creative ideas.

Art Fan Ako said...

You absolutely nailed it!!! Thanks for your visit and warm comments. So flattered, coming from you.

RAWLS said...

Great contribution Matt! Really nice work my friend!

lars_alexander said...

I like that you included a sketch of the work! Beautiful illustration!

Abigail said...

This looks terrific! It definitely captures the spirit of the book, but stays true to your style. Nice.

Eric Barclay said...

Absolutely awesome. Such a pleasure to view your posts.

Veronica said...

Great stuff, I love the terrible yellow eyes blog - you must be chuffed! Roll on December for the film, the trailer gives me a lump in my throat every time!

Mukpuddy said...

Great work dude, love that blog too all very inspirational!! Gotta get me piece together for them!! - Alex

Angela said...

Wow! I absolutely love your version of the wonderful wild things and Max! I've been wanting try a sketch for terrible yellow eyes myself.

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