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The Kickstarter for the book has LAUNCHED!

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!

We’re about halfway through the Kickstarter!!! And approaching the first push goal, which will mean foil-stamped text on the cover of the book.

Thank you everyone so far! Check out the thing if you haven’t!

sincerely evan

Here’s a bunch of early early concept work, focusing on getting clear, distinct shapes for all of the characters. I was sure pretty early on that I’d keep them all at the same small size throughout the book, so I designed them all with that in mind.These are also in my sketchbook pdf set.

The Kickstarter for my illustrated edition of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz is nearing 20,000! Thanks for spreading the word, friends.

Two versions of the bookplate for the Wizard of Oz book! The left one will have a border and text in silver foil, and the right one in gold. I’m thinking that everyone who gets one book with a bookplate will get the left one, and everyone who gets two will get one of each. They’ll be signed under the line.
The Kickstarter for the book is still happening! I added some push goals yesterday. Thank you everyone!

Two versions of the bookplate for the Wizard of Oz book! The left one will have a border and text in silver foil, and the right one in gold. I’m thinking that everyone who gets one book with a bookplate will get the left one, and everyone who gets two will get one of each. They’ll be signed under the line.

The Kickstarter for the book is still happening! I added some push goals yesterday. Thank you everyone!

The Oz book is FUNDED AND HAPPENING
I’ve come up with some push goals for this project, as we go over goal. I’d like to focus on adding value to the books to start with. I really have no idea what to expect from this point on, and I’m mostly just excited that we made the goal so quickly! Thank you everyone.
At $25,000, the text on the cover and spine will be in silver foil, instead of white ink.
At $30,000, the book will have a ribbon bookmark in a blue like the blue cloth on the cover.
At $35,000, I’ll do new art for the endpapers of the book.

The Oz book is FUNDED AND HAPPENING

I’ve come up with some push goals for this project, as we go over goal. I’d like to focus on adding value to the books to start with. I really have no idea what to expect from this point on, and I’m mostly just excited that we made the goal so quickly! Thank you everyone.

At $25,000, the text on the cover and spine will be in silver foil, instead of white ink.

At $30,000, the book will have a ribbon bookmark in a blue like the blue cloth on the cover.

At $35,000, I’ll do new art for the endpapers of the book.

Many other people than me have illustrated the Wonderful Wizard of Oz! Here are some of them.

W. W. Denslow illustrated the first edition of the book, and set up a look for the characters and setting so iconic and inextricable from the text that they’ve informed most later interpretations, and the two co-held the book’s copyright. Denslow’s background in cartooning is clear in the illustrations, which are dynamic and personable and look more modern than they are, I think.

The Folio Society published an edition of the book illustrated by Sara Ogilvie recently. I really love the texture and simple treatment of color in these, and the design of the book and slipcase is just absurdly fancy, which is good.

Spanish illustrator Juliá Sardà did a series of lush painted illustrations for the book, which I only just found. They seem to be for a print edition but I dunno?

An edition illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger was published in the 90s. This was the only edition I’d seen when I started this project, and I really love it. Zwerger’s illustrations are all watercolor, and emphasize a dreamy distance that I think can be read into the text. Much less character-focused and dynamic than a lot of interpretations, but I think that’s ok. Also the book came with a pair of green glasses to wear while reading the Emerald City parts which is a VERY COOL IDEA. It’s out of print but there’s a lot more art here.

There are many more. It’s fun to see how many distinct angles can be taken with illustrating this text— it’s written in a way that’s kind of loose and mythic. I’ve tried to support what I feel is important in the story with my own illustrations, and have ended up emphasizing my own personal angle on the text. I am running a Kickstarter to publish my own illustrated version. Did you see that I’m doing that

New drawings I made for the Kickstarter! I drew myself and my dog Billy in the style of the rest of the book because I thought that would be fun/cute. I was thinking at first of having little drawings of me and of L. Frank Baum in the book along with our little biographies, BUT I also don’t want to put too much of a spotlight on myself in the book so maybe not.

ONE DAY has passed, and the book is almost 50% funded. Thank you everyone SO MUCH!!! Thank you for supporting and for telling the internet about this thing.