Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What if I'd drawn ... Babar?

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I've had an idea knocking around in my head. What would my childhood favorites look like if I'd (gone back in time as the illustrator I am now and) drawn them? This is my first post in a regular Tuesday series exploring the question.

Babar Loses His Crown was in my top five books as a kid. The mystery of the mustached man. The deadline of finding his crown. All is lost, and .... !

Even today, Jean de Brunhoff's (the books continued by his son, Laurent, after his death in 1937*) Babar holds a special place for me. Various incarnations of the elephant dwell in my studio and I dig into the books when I am looking to get my creative gears going.

I'd love to spend some more time with the pachyderm--put him in an environment. With what has to be done this week--dummy revisions and agent submission prep--I won't get the chance.

On my desk.


*Learn more about Babar! (wikipedia)

Babar books on Amazon.com


 * This illustration is not for sale nor will it be used for anything other than this post--an exploration of the character and creator and their influence on my childhood, life, and development as an author and illustrator. No claims of ownership are made of this copyrighted material. All rights remain with the holders thereof.

1 comment:

Diandra Mae said...

Aaah! I LOVE it Christopher! This is a perfect project for you. I cannot wait to see what else you come up with. :)