03 August 2009

Stylin’ on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Design Inspiration collected depictions of Dorothy and her companions along the Yellow Brick Road in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from twenty-three different illustrators. They appear to be influenced largely by:

  • the 1939 MGM movie.
  • a wish to break expectations of what these characters should look like--lots of "dark Oz" hints.
Above, for example, is the work of Sebastian Giacobino.

The article is titled “25 Various Styles of The Wizard of Oz Illustrations," but there are two samples apiece from Skottie Young and Robb Mommaerts.

For the missing two styles to seek inspiration from, therefore, I propose those of original Oz artists W. W. Denslow and John R. Neill, despite their lack of deviantART portfolios. 

Denslow was a ground-breaking and influential cartoonist whose illustration work incorporated aspects of poster style. Neill's realistic line art was more standard for his time, but he executed it wonderfully and thus made the fantastic creatures and landscape of Oz seem more real.

(In other Oz news, the play Say Goodbye, Toto opened without fatalities in Los Angeles. Haven’t seen reviews on the web yet.)

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