Hope you had a great weekend! Today I want to keep telling you about the things that Wacky Shorts Creations has on etsy.com. However, first I should share with you that Thom and I went to see the Maira Kalman exhition at The Jewish Museum this weekend, after several friends recommended we go. It was a really nice exhibition with many of her illustrations (in fact the frames touch from one to the next along the wall), works on fabric, and an installation of some of her objects. I was familiar with her illustrations from her children’s books, but not with the rest of her work. I loved her sense of humor and that her work, much like a child’s drawing, follows no rules in terms of perspective, in the use of color (I could definitely see the Matisse influence which is mentioned) or it’s narrative. I also really liked seeing her handwriting, which the Museum transferred onto vinyl for several of the exhibition’s wall texts…really a nice human touch.
Okay, now back to Wacky Shorts stuff…Last week I featured one of our series of art prints for children’s rooms titled John’s Jungle. Today I want to show you another series, which I’m still working on completing titled Amelia’s Monkeys.
Amelia’s Monkeys came about when a friend of mine was expecting a baby several years ago. If I remember correctly, she started calling the baby “monkey” and that’s all it took for the monkey cartoons from me to begin! I loved working on these monkeys because of how lanky and animated the character is. The arms and legs are so long and rubbery, it made it easy for me to imagine them flailing every which way. As I started adding color, I also have been enjoying the subtle color combinations.
These images are definitely less narrative than the ones in John’s Jungle, however, as a group, you could start thinking of them in terms of a story–fill in the gaps from one frame to the next. Below are the first three in a series of seven images. Hope you like them!
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See you on Wednesday, with a brand new “why people draw” interview–this time the Hamster Wheel got the opportunity to talk with New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly. What a treat!
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