Project Oz

A teacher of mine once taught me that to cre­ate great art, you have to find what inspires you and pur­sue it­—that you have to har­ness that ener­gy and put it into your work. Over the past four years, I’ve learned a lot about what doesn’t inspire me—surveys, inter­faces, and adver­tis­ing.

But more impor­tant­ly I’ve found what does inspire me. Sto­ries.

Sto­ries are com­pelling and engag­ing. They’re a melt­ing pot of dreams, night­mares, lies, lessons, and truths. They make us think dif­fer­ent­ly. They make the impos­si­ble pos­si­ble. They start a fire.

My next project will be based on the sto­ries in L. Frank Baum’s 14 orig­i­nal Oz books.

Over the next 6 months, I’ll be work­ing on an orig­i­nal sto­ry that takes place 100 years after Dorothy land­ed in Oz, and cre­ate the con­cept art that depicts the char­ac­ters and envi­ron­ments in that sto­ry.

I plan to use every­thing I’ve learned in my class­es over the years to help me do this project, but I also want to push myself to learn new things and do the best work I’ve ever done. Much like my Sketch of the Day project, I’ll be shar­ing the whole process with you from the begin­ning to the end.

I’ve been think­ing about this project for awhile now and have excit­ing things planned, so stay tuned!