As it has been pointed out to me that nearly all of my posts this week have been about food (yikes), I am switching gears as not to continue the illusion that all I think about is food. Ha!
Today I’m going to brag about Mr. Fancy Pants, aka William Bryant, aka my husband. He is an extremely talented artist and is continually being asked to participate in some pretty awesome projects. One of my favorite on-going projects of his is the Picture Book Report. Picture Book Report is a project started by the amazing illustrator and maker Meg Hunt. Picture Book Report features 15 talented illustrators taking their favorite childhood books and reinterpreting them in their own way. Mr. Fancy Pants selected J.M. Barrie’s Peter & Wendy. The project rotates between illustrators so you get a new instillation of each artist’s selection every few weeks. Some of my favorites, other than my obvious favorite, are Meg Hunt‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Sam Bosma‘s The Hobbit, and Stephan Britt‘s The Bremen Town Musicians.
Here are my favorite illustrations so far from the Picture Book Report:
I think another reason I am drawn to these particular projects, other than their amazing illustration and design, is their story selection. J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (first entitled Peter & Wendy), Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and anything by The Brother’s Grimm are some of my all time childhood favorites. Props to Meg Hunt for coming up with such an amazing idea. And thank you for inviting Mr. Fancy Pants to participate! Here are Mr. Fancy Pants’ submissions thus far. His next post will be very soon so check the Picture Book Report site to catch his next instillation! (here’s a little hint! The next illustration involves the Lost Boys!)
To quote Mr. Fancy Pants’s take on the project, “my characters have been reduced to the most refined elements and hopefully are loaded with charm.” I love his characters and how he took them down to their rawest form. Tinker Bell is my favorite–a bell with wings. Classic Will Bryant humor. I love it!
Side note on the above illustration. This was one week’s submission for Picture Book Report. However, it was also found and picked up by Society6 and made into a print that you can purchase here! Look at that Mr. Fancy Pants! He’s so fancy!