Sunday, November 22, 2015

Imagination Illustrated

I got to work in Jen's book "Imagination Illustrated" for the final book of this round robin.  I had forgotten that Jen had encouraged the artists to collaborate by continuing an idea from one page onto another.   When I started glancing through the pages of this book, I saw Darrell's spread entitled "Muppets After Dark" which featured a bunch of googly eyes in the dark.

So this got me thinking...I had done a little research on Jim Henson and the Muppets.  I had even seen a show about him on PBS recently.  I learned that Kermit the Frog was thought to be Henson's alter ego.  I then got this idea that to see the world through Jim Henson's eyes was like looking through Kermit's eyes.  Do you see where this is going?

I took the shape of Kermit's pupils and created cut-outs.  I wanted to illustrate what the world looked like through Kermit's eyes.  Since Henson created the Muppets, I wanted to show the Muppets through Kermit's eyes.

I found a quote from Henson that really fit my spread.  It reads:  "Certainly I've lived my whole life through imagination.  But the world of imagination is there for all of us...a sense of play, of pretending, of wonder.  It's there with us as we live."  

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