Thank you for posting this! My brother and I had this book. Actually, it is probably still in a box out in my mom's garage. I should probably go rescue it. It can't be doing it any good to be out there!
Wow, what a beautiful post, especially exciting in its painterly techniques and dimensional interpretation of cartoon characters. The trees alone are worth analyzing and the mixture of thin background washes with sponged texturing and opaque characters on top make great contrasts. I’m betting these were done in Gouache with one man presumable doing the blue monochrome pictures and the other the full color stuff.
Thanks for putting this up, Barbie! One of my absolute favorites in terms of the illustration. Love the way McGary paints. I just wish they had the money and could've published the whole thing in full color, so we wouldn't have to guess how cool the duotone images looked in their natural state.
Thanks everyone!TokyoMagic!-Definitly take that sucker out of the garage asap!Joel - Very good guess and probably right!Pumml - I whole heartedly agree if only it were full color I'd be in heaven!
Hey Joel,I believe you're right about the gouache part, but Pratt was undoubtedly the layout man (his specialty) and McGary would have done all the paints. More than likely they shot the plates at the printer and turned the odd spread 2-color to save money. That means that some lucky collector probably has all the originals in full color.
Thanks Pummel. If only I could get my hands on those originals!
I hate those meeses to pieces.
When I see art like this, it's no wonder we had such happy childhoods.What will the children exposed to only Dora and Hello Kitty have?
probably my favorite big golden book of all time. love it to death
Just found this place, what a wonderful blog! So much art to wander through. :)
Nice post. but its too small. how can i read this.
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