If this looks a little familiar, that’s probably because the reference photograph was taken right next to the one I used for last week’s sketch. This time I used watercolour pencils and my trusty Staedtler pigment liners and took inspiration from one of my favourite illustrators, Maurice Sendak. You can see the early stages of my sketch below. (St Germain is the name of the restaurant in the photo.)
Everyone has heard of American illustrator and author Maurice Sendak (1928–2012), haven’t they? And even if you don’t know his name, I’m sure you’ll be familiar with his wonderful book Where the Wild Things Are.
In the style of… appears occasionally instead of my regular Shoot it, Sketch it posts. Using my own photographs as a starting point, I’m drawing inspiration from some of the world’s greatest illustrators. It’s not about slavishly copying someone else’s art; it’s an experiment in seeing things differently.
10 thoughts on “In the style of… Maurice Sendak”
Looks very good!
Love this painting. There’s something about doorways…
VERY Sendak! I like it!
I love Sendak! And I love the idea of experimenting with other styles–I think it is so refreshing and keeps me from getting in a rut.
I really like it too! Well done!
Really well done, Anna.
Great illustration, and I like that you worked in the style of Maurice Sendak. He’s one of the amazing ones.