Some illustrations from the Flying Monkey’s story in chapter 14: the lineage of the Golden Cap, Gayelette & Quelala, and a monkey dropping Quelala in a river.

This is maybe the only point I’m making any reference to Oz continuity outside of this one book: the only country of Oz not featured in Wizard is the northern one, in which everything is purple, as it’s blue in Munchkin Country, yellow in Winkie Country, and red in Quadling Country. Gayelette and Quelala are said indistinctly to have lived somewhere in the north, so purple seems appropriate.

(There’s a map on the Wikipedia page if you’re interested)

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

Dorothy and Oz.
I’ve tweaked Dorothy’s post-Winkie costume a little, and haven’t updated all of the art on this blog yet to reflect it. She gets a gold belt, to match all of the other gifts given to the party by the Winkies, and to have her dress match the shape of the blue dress she was wearing at the start. The belt is not in the text— she’s given a bracelet instead, but that’s too small to be legible as I’m drawing, and the belt makes more visual sense! I constantly get the sense that I’m paying way more meticulous attention to details like this than Baum ever did; there’s a looseness and a discontinuity sometimes in how he deals with the stuff.
Maybe the dress should appear green here, actually, because she’s in the City. Ok.

Dorothy and Oz.

I’ve tweaked Dorothy’s post-Winkie costume a little, and haven’t updated all of the art on this blog yet to reflect it. She gets a gold belt, to match all of the other gifts given to the party by the Winkies, and to have her dress match the shape of the blue dress she was wearing at the start. The belt is not in the text— she’s given a bracelet instead, but that’s too small to be legible as I’m drawing, and the belt makes more visual sense! I constantly get the sense that I’m paying way more meticulous attention to details like this than Baum ever did; there’s a looseness and a discontinuity sometimes in how he deals with the stuff.

Maybe the dress should appear green here, actually, because she’s in the City. Ok.