Wednesday, January 18, 2012

you're here in my head, like the sun coming out

I recently completed a couple of drawings for the Buxton Festival's 2012 brochure. This one is, obviously (well, at least I hope it's obvious), for a production of James and the Giant Peach.

I do believe this is the first time I've actually made a drawing from a subject that is already so famous (I could be completely wrong, I have a rotten memory). I didn't really let that bother me, I just tried to, as every 'judge' of every tv 'talent' show says every five minutes, "make it my own". Yuk.

I can't tell you how much I want to scribble 'James and the Giant Peach' in big scratchy writing in the left hand corner of this one. I suppose now it's scanned.......

14 comments:

bonnie jean said...

you did a great job and it is all you:)

Sophie Paul said...

This is beautiful, I love it :-) The look of surprise on the snail's face is brilliant! Sophie x

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

It was obvious to me and I haven't seen that movie since my now grown son was little :). Great job!
Stay inspired!

Robin Cain said...

Eeek! You quoted one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists of all time! I love your blog even more. (sorry I just had to get that excitement out). your work is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Helen Ström said...

Oh wow! that's beautiful! the peaches skin is very peachy! Great illustration even though I don't know the story. It makes me curious about it.

Jennifer McLean said...

Oh Andrea! I can't believe how good this it. You should be illustrating children's books. Actually, that makes me think of something. I have an old friend from high school who's an amateur children's book writer. She hasn't tried to publish because she can't find any of her friends who could illustrate the book. She asked me but I just don't DO what you can do. I'm a realistic artist, I don't seem to allow myself to be as wonderfully whimsical as you.

I don't know if you do stuff just for fun, it would have to be a collaboration... she couldn't pay you, but when I saw that wonderful peach and James I just wanted to throw it out there. Her stories are about sustainability and environmental responsibility (hey, she's an environmental lawyer, so I'm not surprised, lol). The one she wanted me to illustrate was about a fish who lost her jeans (genes). The local farmers had used them to enhance their fruit and she wanted them back... yes a little left of normal but probably fun to illustrate. I could tell her about you if you like. No pressure, if you just don't do stuff for fun, hoping later it would be published.

no problem if you don't want to. Anyway, you should know that your "peach" is awesome. Seriously. wow, Andrea!

Kay Shine said...

It's perfect! I recognized it immediately; one of my favorite read alouds.

Sophie Paul said...

Helen you must read it, its fabulous! It's by Roald Dahl x

Limner said...

Your drawing said it for you. I have never read the book but thought "James and the Giant Peach" the second I saw it. So, mission accomplished. Very well, too.

winna said...

Like a bolt of lightning..the giant peach spoke of James to me---wonderful rendering---love all you do---makes one gasp!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

thank you, thank you, thank you!

T. Roger Thomas said...

I like this and I got that it's James and the Giant Peach right away.

bobjodee said...

brilliant. I love his clothes and the colours. gorgeous drawing!

Alaina said...

Yes, it is obvious. You are incredible.