How does an artist learn to find their own style? By copying the masters, of course. Could the same be true of children’s illustrators? Haven’t a clue. But it gave me a crazy notion the other day that I’m hankering to try out.
During the release of the Where the Wild Things Are movie a blog was begun called Terrible Yellow Eyes. At that site different artists offered their interpretations of Maurice Sendak’s classic. There have been similar derivations in the comics world as well. Comics Should Be Good, for example, has a series called The Line It Is Drawn (and the children’s books meet comics series was particularly nice). Similarly there’s the site Hey, Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobbering Time! All cool ideas, but what if you went a different route? What if, for example, you interpreted someone’s art but in the style of another artist?
So I have a crazy notion. Some of you are artists with perhaps a moment to spare. Here’s my challenge to you: Reinterpret a famous scene from any Dr. Seuss book in the style of another famous children’s picture book artist. Perhaps you’d like to do The Cat in the Hat ala Clement Hurd’s Goodnight Moon or Green Eggs and Ham in the note of Ludwig Bemelmans. Whatever you prefer, if you think this is a fun notion send me a scan of your idea and I’ll cull together a post filled with some of the different submissions. Maybe it’s not as freeing as Terrible Yellow Eyes, but what’s life without a bit of a challenge? And if you want to do it in the style of someone living (Mo Willems, Kevin Henkes, etc.) it could be fun but let it be on your head.
All submissions must be received at Fusenumber8@gmail.com by February 29th.