Friday, March 16, 2007

Mary Had a Little Plan


Here's more of my designs from the kid's show! I think Mary, here, looks a liiiiiiiiiiiiittle bit mischievious. This was a quickie cover for a prop of a children's book. We're discouraged from using written words on the props, so I had to illustrate that it was the story of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" without writing out the title.


And speaking of Marys, I've been looking at a lot of background art by the unsung, ingenious Mary Blair. She was a BRILLIANT color stylist and background designer who worked with Disney.


Stylistically related to Mary Blair, Kirsten Ulve had an exhibit here in the city that I saw the other day. It's amazing stuff, and I'm contemplating dropping some dough and buying a piece. We'll see. Check out her art because she's a true modern day Mary Blair!

Seeing that I'm surrounded by so much talent here in New York, I gotta' step up my work. I'm determined to make this season of the show much better than the last. Here's some background sketches from the episodes to come...where the characters visit an orchard, the dentist, and even the prehistoric era!






10 comments:

David DeGrand said...

Wow Justin, those background designs are AWESOME!!! I can totally see the Mary Blair inluence in your Mary picture, very well done. What show do you work on by the way? (I'll understand if you can' say) Great stuff as always!

Jazzy Justin said...

Hey, thanks man. I appreciate it. I work on "SeeMore's Playhouse". It's a puppet show with my digital, illustrated backgrounds. It's pretty fun. I'd like to see you art direct something, with your wacky style and what-not.

ALBERT PARDO said...

---WOWO JUSTIN THESE LOOK GREAT, I'M SURE I'LL BE BUGGIN' YOU FOR SOME MORE BG'S SOON ENUFF... THE BETTY BOOPS ARE GREAT TOO...

piero said...

yes nyc is filled with great artists.lucky you. i dont see many relations between mary and kirsten; by the way, i would appreciate a lot to have original drawings of both framed in my home!

Jazzy Justin said...

Thanks guys.

Albert - I'm totally open to background requests!

Piero - I love those two artists...and I guess I was just connecting their similar appreciation of "off-kilter, curvacious forms". Upon further thought, I can see what you mean about their work being VERY different, too.

David DeGrand said...

Hey Justin, after your chanting I finally got some more sketches up. Now YOU need some new stuff, come on man!!

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! THese are inspiring!

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KAUKAB BASHEER said...

Very neat stuff..
Would love to see their colored versions..