Monday, October 11, 2010

Mister Monday

Here's another piece in my effort to round out my Middle Grade portfolio component. This image is based on the Garth Nix book Mister Monday.

I proceeded on this one a bit more cautiously than the Canopy piece. That one practically fell together, as though I wasn't trying. This time around the image was a little more complicated. Two characters instead of one, distorted perspective, fantastical architecture, and blue jeans! A formidable foe indeed. I'm happy with the result, though. Turns out blue jeans aren't so tough.

As I mentioned earlier this is from the book Mister Monday, a middle-grade fantasy-adventure published by Scholastic. I think it's easy to write off books aimed at younger audiences as being less sophisticated, and I guess to some degree that's true. Could you imagine "Cormac McCarthy for Kids!"? Better bring a dictionary, lil' squirt. However, it might be easy to forget that these stories aimed at kids are often crafted by sharp, intelligent adults. Being a fan of several Garth Nix books, I was unsure how I would feel about this story that was so intentionally marketed toward a slightly younger audience (Middle Grade instead of Young Adult... I could be splitting hairs here). Anyway, of course the author's imagination, humor, and drum-tight action sequences were just as present here as in any of his other books. Once I have some free time I'll be checking out the rest of the series (there's a book for each day of the week)!

Oh, I'm writing this on a Friday afternoon, but I just had to set this to automatically post on Monday. Cute, right?


Scott Brundage said...

Frickin gorgeous, buddy. That casle rocks.

Lou Anders said...

Love this piece!

McLean Kendree said...

Thanks guys! I do love me some castles.