Thursday, November 19, 2009

Scary, but not TOO scary

This is a sketch from an early reader I'm doing called "The Bad Witch." The tricky thing is to make a witch who looks bad, but not too scary for the little guys. My mother ran a preschool/day care center for many years, and I used to work there from time to time. Once, around Halloween, I was playing a game with a 4 year old boy. He sat across the table from me and drew a bunch of pumpkin shapes. Then he told me what kind of jack-o-lantern face to make in each one (silly, sleepy, etc.) Finally, he told me to make a scary face, and I did, but when I turned it around to show him, he about fell off his chair, he was so scared! I felt terrible. Now I'm a little leery of using my scary drawing powers on little kids.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Here's Owen's costume this year. We stole the idea from Theatre Zarko, an amazing puppet symbolist theater created by my friend Laura Montenegro and her husband, Michael. There's still time to see their brilliant show, and if you go to the link, you can see the bit that inspired Owen.