My favorite children's book author and illustrator of all time is James Marshall.
He wrote dozens of his own works and illustrated over seventy books but my favorite out of everything he has done are his "George and Martha" stories.
His use of words and lines are deceptively minimal but they convey an amazing amount of story and movement.
I thought it would be fun to try and figure out how he was able to do this by recreating some of his artwork using more modern vector graphics.
And since I was re-doing the line work, why not change up the color palette slightly as well?
James Marshall's early books often contained only three or four primary colors due to limitations of cost-effective book printing at that time. So while there are hatching lines to indicate shade and depth, often the colors in the original books are muddled and blotchy. So I thought it would be great to try and add depth, shadow and a slightly greater color palette to the same artwork.
This is my first attempt but I've had so much fun I'll definitely be adding more soon!
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