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July 26th, 2009 #1
Chow 168 :: Where the Wild Things Are
ROUND #168:: Where the Wild Things AreDESCRIPTION
Where the Wild Things Are
... is a wonderful children’s book published in 1963 by Maurice Sendak, and if you haven’t read it, you should have! Apparently it is one of Obama’s favourite books! It might be sacrilege to even attempt it this week but imagine a new monster for Max (the central little boy of the story) to meet. They have a very distinctive look loosely based on Mythical Creatures, and of course the style of Sendak is what appeals, but don’t try and match his technique. Use your own and design a new one with his used as inspiration. This is for fun, and although they are ‘wild things’ they are somehow warm and friendly so perhaps steer away from anything gorey. I think the only requirement is yellow eyes!
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Oh the irony! i gave crap to ppl replying in my sketchbook regarding my take on where the wild things are. They didnt know what book it was. Im amased that young ones dont know this story. But Im sure, for most part, that aint the case in this forum. hopefully
Im in, im yet to tackle a wild one! Fun topic!!!
July 26th, 2009 #5
I'm finding myself with a lot of free time and this is one of my favorite books of all time...so I'm in! Just a question does it have to be digital or can one use traditional media?
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July 26th, 2009 #6
One of my favourite books as a child - great idea!
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These are too much fun. My hand couldnt keep up with my brain soon after this legible set though,so everything ended up as boxy T poses and i lost my mojo in frustration.
I was thinking of going with the little sleepy bat, but he reminds me a little too much of the owl character I did not that long ago, and a different bat I did back in march. Need to avoid feathers and wings.
...All kids love inappropriate nipples on a saggy sheman skunk. Im actually liking him/her the most atm, though s/he is perhaps a little too 'punky' for a wtwta character. (nipples aside, that was just to please my love of adding grossness)
Need to reassess and do another set of these in the morning. Must avoid making the characters my own twisted version and stick to something friendly, has to fit in with the universe not reinvent it beyond recognition. *slaps self on wrist*.
This was not a book i owned as a kid, i read it a couple of times but for some reason my parents didnt like it, but i wish i had, the nostalgia goggles would really help! All i remember is that i found the illustrations kinda creepy..
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sounds great, can't wait to do some stuff this week!
July 26th, 2009 #11
great topic! Definitely going to try to squeeze in some time for this!
July 26th, 2009 #12
im gonna attempt this oneee
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Last edited by bakadoodle; July 27th, 2009 at 07:11 PM. Reason: Re-imagining
July 26th, 2009 #14
Great assignment! I'm pumped about this one!
Here's my initial character sketch.
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July 27th, 2009 #19
Oh, excellent. I was planning a tribute to this awesome, awesome book anyway.
Also, for more inspiration, check out the website/blog Terrible Yellow Eyes, which features a lot of illustrators and artists re-imagining the characters of the book.
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Yes, as many said really nice topic:] I'm going to make my own interpretation of the Wild Things. Those on the book's cover or from the film ain't scary
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July 27th, 2009 #24
hahah Adam your creature has your eyes :p
July 27th, 2009 #25
It's been a while since I did one of these. I couldn't pass up this subject though as its one of my all time favs.
Here is a quick doodle, but I think I need to revise the ears a bit.
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July 28th, 2009 #26
I just have to make time for this one; it's such a lovely topic! I'm looking forward to seeing all the entries.
Some preliminary sketch/colours...
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I never read the book, but I thought I would give it a shot anyway. Here's a quick sketch of my first idea.
July 28th, 2009 #29
my mac is in the shop. my scanner is hooked up to my mac not my PC. my PC doesn't even have PS on it.
I guess I could draw it with pencil/take a picture? GRR... not my favorite choice.
I saw the footage at Comic-Con Hall H and saw the actor who played Max, he was adorable and very nice. I never liked this book actually, I had no memory of any happy ending, I mean, he had to go back home to parents like that... but I think perhaps I was always annoyed as a child that Max couldn't escape for real... and it didn't give me any hope to escape for real from my own childhood.
Anyway I see it in a different light now, would be awesome to try and put my hand to this... but without my usual tools, I'll just screw it up even worse.
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July 28th, 2009 #30
sekino-I had pretty much the exact same idea, but you've executed it beautifully. I doubt I'll have time to participate now anyways.
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