This week's pick:


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ROALD DAHL... by tom fowler

first: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.

... really the reason i picked roald dahl this week. i've been ready "james" to my 3 year old son this week, and when we hit this scene, which i had absolutely no memory of, the image hit me immediately and i had to paint it!

second: THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX.


... the boy may be a bit young for this one yet.

part of the reason i love roald dahl is that his children's fiction is full of such visceral, inky blackness. terrible things happen. characters are dispatched in horrible, if often ludicrous, fashion. dahl shies away from none of it, but presents it in a way that children still find deeply fun and compelling.

to hell with r.l. stein. roald dahl was the master of children's horror.

12 comments:

-ing- said...

Brilliant. Love your use of colours. Love it all!

Evan "Doc" Shaner said...

These are both gorgeous, Tom. James and the Giant Peach was my absolute favorite book when I was a kid and I love what you did with it here.

Tia said...

Roald Dahl is simply "The Master" in my eyes. These are beautiful! I can't believe there isn't more artwork based on his books.

Mathieu Doublet said...

Fantastic pictures, Tom !

Draw2d2 said...

Really outstanding! I think I did 4 book reports throughout school on James and the Giant Peach. I either really loved it or was kind of lazy. Probably both.

Philip A. Buck said...

Egads! these are wonderful! I remember as a kid in third grade, our teacher red James and part of the way through it we went on a holiday vacation. While out of school I spent a day drawing little illustrations of all the main scenes I could recall. This snow scene was my favorite to do.
Terrific job.

Steph said...

Matilda is my favorite book ever. It's probably a little tamer then his other books but still amazing. Also the BFG is great. Just talking about then makes me want to read them again.

RJackson said...

so great, Tom - and I couldn't agree more about the books - my 9 year old son just read Fox and The Twits. Both dark and completely amusing at the same time, he loved them.

Mr. Hawthorne said...

I'm so glad you did the cloudmen, since they were left out of the movie.

This is so spot on! I mean, just perfect!

mike

Ron Salas said...

Wow, two pieces. That's amazing, Tom.
I really love the composition of the Mr. Fox, especially. Great use of colour.

Francesco Francavilla said...

It amazes me the ease you produce these gorgeous painting with. ANd it amazes me why you are not writing/illustrating some major kids book like James Gurney did.

Gorgeous illos, just gorgeous...

Cheers,
Francesco

Jim Nelson said...

That's a great take on Mr. Fox, Tom!