Friday, August 14, 2009

Charles Vess at work on Neil Gaiman's Instructions

Sometime you just have to love opening email. This morning I got a note from Charles Vess showing off a few new paintings for his next children's book, Neil Gaiman's Instructions. He's also posted some sketches and final paintings on his blog, Greenmanpress.com. Like their previous collaboration, Blueberry Girl, Instructions based on one of a Neil's poems -- this one about how to survive a fairytale...which isn't surprisingly different than how to survive life.

Charles gave me a sneak peak at the project about a month ago and I've been excited to see it develope. I know he's working like a bandit to get it done on a rush deadline but you'd never know it from the quality of the artwork. These are simply amazing.

8 comments:

Xane and Dane Dravor said...

Beautiful! Such detailed work and still delicate in a way. Love the colors.

Orbie/\;;/\ said...

These illustrations are on par with Rackham's. I am so excited to see the final book and hold it in my hot little hands

working illustrator said...

If Barbara McClintock worked digitally, this is what her paintings would look like.

ces said...

I with there were books like this one when I was a kid!

For some reason it reminds me of Edward Gorey's artwork for the book "The Man Who Sang The sillies."

ENCHANTING!

Dan said...

Jeezy Creezy!
The first piece is a knock out!

allison j. sebastian said...

they are indeed simply amazing. I am so glad that everyone agreed to make this project happen. Charles Vess is so talented and I love Neil's poem. I can't wait until it's out.

Julie said...

This is reminding me so much of Arthur Rackham. Gorgeous.

Eric Braddock said...

Wow thanks for the heads up on this, those sketches on his blog are fantastic. What an awesome looking book.