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Monday, February 14, 2011

Picture Book Marathon 2011 - Day 11 & Day 12

And now for something completely different.

I built this guy out of cardboard and painted him up all pretty with acrylic paints.  He's actually a box for my wife's valentines (5th grade party tomorrow.)  They go in the mouth.

And then I liked him so much that I decided to come up with a simple story.  And then another.

It may sound funny but I would love to illustrate a book this way.  Though if I were to really go for it I would need to learn how to take a decent photograph (these look much better in person.)

(Also, I'm sorry about the lack of decent cardboard backgrounds.  These are just sketches after all.)


Jed Henry said...

A really fun twist on illustration. I think if you went a little more 2-d, like Paper Mario, you could really do some spectacular stuff.

The chunkiness of the cardboard is unique and fun.


Will Strong said...

I think you're right Jed. I want to try this again and go flat with the same materials.

Kathryn said...

YES! Jake says YES! 'Cause this is Jake. Posing as a woman on the internet. And I actually LIKE the 3Dness of it. It feels like an old Sesame Street short.

Scott C. Gwynn said...

It kinda reminds me of these family craft magazines my mom had when I was growing up... In a good way though... and the Sesame Street thing too.

Unique and charming.