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baumbydahm:

Illustrations for chapters 9 through 16 of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 1 through 8 are here. Eight more to go!!! Posting them here a couple of times a week.

Also did you see I put up a new sketchbook on Gumroad? This one has a bunch of Oz-related stuff. The full collection is available too.

(also I have exciting book-related things to say soon)

Ok bye!

I like seein em all at once like this

This will someday soon be something other than an Oz reblog blog I promise

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"It is kind of you to like a Scarecrow," he replied.  "But surely you will think more of me when you hear the splendid thoughts my new brain is going to turn out."  Then he said good-bye to them all in a cheerful voice and went to the Throne Room, where he rapped upon the door."Come in," said Oz.The Scarecrow went in and found the little man sitting down by the window, engaged in deep thought.
Chapter 16. This is the first time we see the Throne Room in full, and I thought it would be nice to have little Oz on a tiny folding chair as a counterpoint to the throne.

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"It is kind of you to like a Scarecrow," he replied.  "But surely you will think more of me when you hear the splendid thoughts my new brain is going to turn out."  Then he said good-bye to them all in a cheerful voice and went to the Throne Room, where he rapped upon the door.
"Come in," said Oz.
The Scarecrow went in and found the little man sitting down by the window, engaged in deep thought.

Chapter 16. This is the first time we see the Throne Room in full, and I thought it would be nice to have little Oz on a tiny folding chair as a counterpoint to the throne.

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You will remember there was no road—not even a pathway—between the castle of the Wicked Witch and the Emerald City.  When the four travelers went in search of the Witch she had seen them coming, and so sent the Winged Monkeys to bring them to her.  It was much harder to find their way back through the big fields of buttercups and yellow daisies than it was being carried.  They knew, of course, they must go straight east, toward the rising sun; and they started off in the right way.
Always tricky to find something compositionally interesting to do with these “walking in a direction” chapters. Happy with this one though, and it’s the chronologically first time we’ll see everybody in their New Outfits. I like big meaningful costume changes and it’s something I pay a huge amount of attention to in my own work (or I guess the work that is more fully mine, let’s say).
I’m also working lately on some mockups for the cover of this thing. More as situation develops.

baumbydahm:

You will remember there was no road—not even a pathway—between the castle of the Wicked Witch and the Emerald City.  When the four travelers went in search of the Witch she had seen them coming, and so sent the Winged Monkeys to bring them to her.  It was much harder to find their way back through the big fields of buttercups and yellow daisies than it was being carried.  They knew, of course, they must go straight east, toward the rising sun; and they started off in the right way.

Always tricky to find something compositionally interesting to do with these “walking in a direction” chapters. Happy with this one though, and it’s the chronologically first time we’ll see everybody in their New Outfits. I like big meaningful costume changes and it’s something I pay a huge amount of attention to in my own work (or I guess the work that is more fully mine, let’s say).

I’m also working lately on some mockups for the cover of this thing. More as situation develops.

brikit asked:

Your work on The Wizard of Oz is amazing and I can't wait to see it finished! It's got me itching to return to my own classic-children's-lit-adaption project. Are you planning on any of the other Oz books once this one is complete? (Just curious, since there are so many Oz books.)

Very unlikely! I have only read the first two, but I feel the first one stands on its own way better than as part of a series. Also any sequel to something as dreamy and weird as Wizard of Oz couldn’t help but over-specify and nail down all the charming stuff of the first book. So I am trying to present the one book as its own thing. Also it’s a huge amount of work and I got other stuff I want to do.

Glad you like the project thank you!

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baumbydahm:

Here’s a recap of the chapter illustrations for chapters 1 through 8 of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first third of the book! I am very happy with these, and the wide range of color schemes and tones they represent.

I will be done with this project fairly soon, after working on it (off and on) for over a year. 24 full-page illustrations like these, and somewhere around 70 spot illustrations. A print book is being thought of; details will be on this blog before they’ll be anywhere else!

am I oversaturating the internet with this stuff?? I have like 4 more I haven’t posted yet so I’m pacing myself as much as I can.

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They were obliged to camp out that night under a large tree in the forest, for there were no houses near.  The tree made a good, thick covering to protect them from the dew, and the Tin Woodman chopped a great pile of wood with his axe and Dorothy built a splendid fire that warmed her and made her feel less lonely.  She and Toto ate the last of their bread, and now she did not know what they would do for breakfast.
Going waayyy back to the chapter illustration I skipped a while ago, chapter 7. Color here is a little more naturalistic than I’ve been tending to do for this project, but I’m very happy with it!
I love CAMPING!

baumbydahm:

They were obliged to camp out that night under a large tree in the forest, for there were no houses near.  The tree made a good, thick covering to protect them from the dew, and the Tin Woodman chopped a great pile of wood with his axe and Dorothy built a splendid fire that warmed her and made her feel less lonely.  She and Toto ate the last of their bread, and now she did not know what they would do for breakfast.

Going waayyy back to the chapter illustration I skipped a while ago, chapter 7. Color here is a little more naturalistic than I’ve been tending to do for this project, but I’m very happy with it!

I love CAMPING!