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    Entries in Ozma (3)

    Tuesday
    Nov162010

    Oz Artwork Merchandise by Kevenn T. Smith

    Now you can own prints, cards, t-shirts, hoodies, and other apparel of many of the Oz character illustrations seen on this website.  They're available for purchase at RedBubble.com.  Also, from now until December 25th, all white apparel is 20% off! All of my t-shirts (women's, men's, children's, and infants) and hoodies are available in white.

    Scraps the Patchwork Girl of Oz by Kevenn T. Smith


    The Scarecrow and Tin Woodman T-Shirt by Kevenn T. Smith


    Dorothy and Ozma T-shirt by Kevenn T. Smith


    Polychrome T-shirt by Kevenn T. Smith


    The Cowardly Lion and The Hungry Tiger T-shirt by Kevenn T. Smith


    Yurgod the Gryphon T-shirt by Kevenn T. Smith


    Ozma of Oz T-shirt by Kevenn T. Smith


    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz T-shirt by Kevenn T. Smith


    Emerald City Landscape by Kevenn T. Smith available in cards and prints


    All artwork and images ©Kevenn T. Smith 2010

    Tuesday
    Oct062009

    Singular Sensation: Dorothy & Ozma - Princesses of Oz

    You knew it was coming - the Singular Sensation entry that features the last part of the website header illustration.  If you know The Wizard of Oz, you know who Dorothy is, however most people aren't used to seeing her portrayed as a blond.  They expect to see a brunette with braided pigtails, ala Judy Garland.  While Dorothy did look like that in the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with Dorothy's return in the third book of the Oz series, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy was portrayed as a blond with a fashionable haircut by John R. Neill.  Neill continued to portray Dorothy with this look throughout the books that he illustrated, which equaled to many more appearances than brunette portrayal in the first book.

    Princess Ozma of Oz came on the scene in the second book of the series, The Marvelous Land of Oz.  Ozma, who was a fairy and the rightful ruler of Oz, was restored to the throne.  When Ozma and Dorothy met, the two got along famously and became best friends.  Ozma ended up making Dorothy a Princess of Oz.  In the sixth book of the series (which Baum intended to be the last, but was besieged with requests of "More Oz, Mr. Baum!"), The Emerald City of Oz, Dorothy, along with Toto, Uncle Henry, and Aunt Em (and Eureka the kitten whom we met in the fourth book, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz) all moved to Oz permanently.

    In portraying Dorothy, I like to stick to Neill's blond take on her.  I also draw her with visual cues like silver shoes and in modernizing her, I give her a gingham-like print on her t-shirt.  In Oz, you never grow older unless you want to, and Oz creators like Eric Shanower have Dorothy changing with the time, while remaining a child.  Even Neill drew Dorothy's hair cut changing trhough the years that he illustrated the Oz books, through the early 1900's to the 30's.

    I like that approach.  Ozma is usually depicted as being a little bit older than Dorothy.  Her pendant is a representation of the different areas of Oz:  Green in the middle for the Emerald City, yellow Winkie Country to the west, the purple Quadling Country to the north, the blue Munchkin Country to the east, and the red Quadling Country in the south.  Ozma was usually drawn wearing two large poppies on either side of her tiara, which I followed, but I left off some of the ornamental ribbons that were usually included on there as a way of showing that in some ways, Ozma is keeping up with the times too.  Who wears ribbons in their hair any more?  Like Dorothy, Ozma was also drawn differently as the Oz series progressed, even getting a little older.  I also thought it'd be nice to break the background tradition for the Singular Sensation entries and include a more detailed background.  It better contrasts with the rainbow magic and sparkles.

    Dorothy and Ozma by Kevenn T. Smith © Kevenn T. Smith 2009

    Pencils, Ink, Prismacolor Color Pencils,  Watercolor, and Photoshop.
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011


    Now available on a t-shirt at RedBubble.com!

    Wednesday
    Feb042009

    Oziana #37

    Oziana is the magazine of The International Wizard of Oz Club.  I was very honored when I was asked to provide the cover for issue #37, which is to be the final issue of the magazine.  The cover depicts characters featured in the stories contained inside the issue engaged in a magical battle inside the Emerald City.

    Pictured in this piece from left to right are:  a Boar Guard (from the Russian Oz Series), the Witched Wick (an original character to a story in the issue), Bastinda (the Russian series Wicked Witch of the West), Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter, Bungle the Glass Cat, The Wizard of Oz, Yurgod the Gryphon (from the Russian series), Princess Ozma of Oz, and a Rain Sprite (an original character from a story in the issue)

    The issue will be available to order from The International Wizard of Oz Club's website.
    Oziana #37 Cover by Kevenn T. Smith

    Pencils, Ink, Prismacolor Color Pencils, Prismacolor Markers, Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011