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    Entries in Oz (16)

    Sunday
    Nov102013

    Holiday Cards by Kevenn T. Smith

    Looking for festive Holiday greeting cards? I have two!

    The first one, Humphrey & Lucy's Happy Holiday, features precocious pups, Humphrey & Lucy breaking into their presents a little early. It's available on RedBubble.com!
    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor color pencils, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013

    The other Holiday card I offer is called Shh! Santa Scraps is Sneaking, and features Scraps, the Patchwork Girl of Oz, also available at RedBubble.com!
    Pencil, Ink, Prismacolor color pencils
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013

    Monday
    Jun102013

    The Ascension of Polychrome - Prints, Clothing & More!

    This week sees the release of the movie "Oz, the Great and Powerful" on Blu Ray & DVD. Also, June is PRIDE month, so what better way to celebrate both than the release of my piece "The Ascension of Polychrome" now available as prints, t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, cards, post cards, and kids' clothes on Redbubble.com? While Polychrome isn't featured specifically in "Oz, the Great and Powerful," the rainbow does make an appearance, and Polychrome is the Daughter of the Rainbow... You can read more about this piece from my previous entry on it when I first debuted it on this site here.

    As usual, the clothing comes in assorted sizes, colors, and styles - simply choose your favorite! Click on either of the images below to go directly to the listing on my Redbubble.com store.
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013

    Thursday
    May312012

    The Ascension of Polychrome by Kevenn T. Smith

    This illustration, The Ascension of Polychrome, was made for the 2012 Winkie Convention Program Book.  This year, the Winkie Convention is celebrating the 100th year anniversary of L. Frank Baum's 1912 book, Sky Island, the follow-up to his 1911 book, The Sea Fairies

    In the book, the young heroine, Trot, and her companion, Cap'n Bill, meet a young boy named Button Bright (who first appeared in Baum's 5th Oz book, The Road to Oz), and the three end up flying with a magical umbrella to an island high in the sky known as "Sky Island."  They first land in the Blue country, where everything is blue and the people are none too friendly.  They manage to escape through the fog bank separating the blue country from the neighboring Pink Country, where the people are more pleasant, but they're still not welcome to stay.  The law leads them the Pinkies to believe that Trot and her companions must be thrown over the edge of the island to their deaths.  Fortunately, Polychrome, the Rainbow's daughter, (who also appeared with Button Bright in Baum's 5th Oz book, The Road to Oz)arrives and stops the execution, and finds a loophole in the Pinkies' Book of Laws to not only save Trot, Capn' Bill, and Button Bright, but to declare Trot their leader.  The Rainbow returns, and Polychrome ascends into it to return to her sisters and her father, which is the scene I wanted to depict here.

    When creating this piece, I one of my goals was to capture the feeling of the many paintings depicting Christ's ascension into Heaven.  I felt that in the book, Polychrome was a kind of divine savior figure, descending from on high and reversing the fortunes of Trot and her companions, as well as bringing an abundance of color into a monochromatic world.  Like the Greek Goddess of the rainbow, Iris, she brings color and knowledge with her, which in turn brings growth and change.


    The Ascension of Polychrome by Kevenn T. Smith ©Kevenn T. Smith 2012Polychrome Detail ©Kevenn T. Smith 2012Violet Sister Detail ©Kevenn T. Smith 2012Red Sister Detail ©Kevenn T. Smith 2012Pencil, ink, Photoshop
    @Kevenn T. Smith 2012

    This piece also gave me the opportunity to use a live model for my Polychrome.  The last time I depicted Polychrome, a friend of mine said that she looked like the actress, Elizabeth Mitchell, who appeared in the movie Gia, with Angellina Jolie, and the ABC television shows LOST and V.  I thought about trying to search for pictures of Elizabeth Mitchell at the angles I wanted to draw the figures for the piece in as reference material, but that would have taken too much time and may not have yielded the results I was hoping for. 

    Then, I remembered that my friend, the superbly talented and beautiful Cleveland actress, Emily Pucell, often reminded me of Elizabeth Mitchell.  Luckily, Emily was kind enough to pose for me to use not only as Polychrome, but as her two sisters as well.  This was the first time Emily has ever modelled for a drawing or painting, but she said she would definitely consider doing it again.  Emily graduated in 2005 with B.A. degrees in Theater and History from Miami University.  She performed in her first play at the age of 12, but has been working professionally as an actor since her graduation in 2005.  Emily will next be seen onstage in the forth-coming show by Cleveland's Theater Ninjas this fall.

    Monday
    Dec052011

    Tik-Tok: Robot Army of Oz

    My latest piece of artwork is one I've been wanting to do for a while, and I finally made time in my schedule to transfer the image I had for so long in my head to a more physical form.  Tik-Tok is actually literature's first robot.  A clockwork machine man, Tik-Tok first appears in the book Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  He is rescued by Dorothy Gale from being run-down and locked away in a hidden room and proceeds to have several adventures with her.  Eventually, Tik-Tok takes up residence in Oz as one of the many unique inhabitants of the royal palace in the Emerald City.  Tik-Tok was also a featured character in the movie, Return to Oz, starring Fairuza Balk as Dorothy.

    I drew Tik-Tok once before on a cover for Oziana Magazine in 2005, but I wanted to think more about the reality of his joints.  I also wanted to use aspects of his design by John R. Neill and how he appeared in Return to Oz, for instance giving him emerald green glassy eyes and making his hat more resemble and army helmet from World War I.  The text is also an homage to pop singer, Simon Curtis, who refers to his fans as the "Robot Army."

    This piece is available as greeting cards, post cards, prints and posters at RedBubble.com!
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011

    The Tik-Tok illustration is also available as t-shirts, hoodies, kids' clothes, and stickers in assorted sizes, colors, and styles at RedBubble.com!

    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011

    Friday
    Jun032011

    The Sea Fairies Illustration by Kevenn T. Smith 

    This is an illustration that depicts a moment in L. Frank Baum's 1911 book, The Sea Fairies.  At this point, Baum had written six Oz books and wanted to write other stories.  He wrote The Sea Fairies about a young girl named Trot and her friend, an old peg-legged sailor named Cap'n Bill, visiting the mermaids and exploring the ocean.  Yes, it was decades before Finding Nemo and Disney's Ariel.  The book is mostly travelogue in nature until the last third, when the plot about an underwater villain really kicks into gear.  This image features the mermaid, Merla, swimming with Trot and Cap'n Bill, who have been transformed into merfolk themselves, by the magic of the mermaid sea fairies.

    Baum followed The Sea Fairies with Trot and Cap'n Bill's further adventures in Sky Island, which is one of my favorite books by him.  Oz characters Button Bright and Polychrome appear in the book.  However, Baum's readers wanted more Oz, and so he resumed the series.  Trot and Cap'n Bill traveled to Oz in the ninth book of the series, The Scarecrow of Oz, and joined the cast of Oz characters for the following books.  I consider these two "spin-off" books to be essential to Oz reading.

    A grayscale edition of this illustration will be featured in the program for 2011's Winkie Convention.  Programs are available for purchase here.  The original colored art piece is debuting framed and matted today (Friday June 3rd) in the Lakewood, Ohio Beck Center for the Arts Student Art Show.  The piece will be on display in the lobby until the end of July.  It is also available for sale.  Contact me for pricing information.  This image is also available as cards, postcards, prints, and posters on RedBubble.com!


    8 x 11 inches bristol board.

    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor color pencil.

    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011