My baby nephew is awesome. He's perfecting animal noises and will soon be at that age when he'll enter the world of dragons, dinosaurs and giant mutant lizards from the sea. For a birthday present for my brother, I've drawn his son, now about twenty months old, dressed up for trick-or-treating. He's wearing his trusty dragon costume, designed to impart courage and to elicit monstrous roars. Hearing a step behind him, he starts to turn. What's that behind him? I was influenced in equal measure by Chris van Allsburg, Bill Watterson, and Maurice Sendak...three of the 20th century masters of drawing and storytelling. It's an homage to children with imagination and to that perfect age when a backyard can become a place of wonderful adventure.
|"Boy vs. Dinosaur" Pencil Copyright 2011 Jessica Boehman|
|Detail, "Boy vs. Dinosaur"|