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!