This is by far my most favorite piece to date. Recently, I went to the South Street Spring Festival with some friends and while browsing all the merchants, I came across this pop artist, Rob Dugan. Check out his Instagram and website. I was enamoured by his work as I am a big fan of that type of art. The mixture of pop art and graffiti really is intriguing. I ended up getting this piece from him as I became obsessed over it the moment I saw it. After getting the piece, I felt obligated to make something again as it has been a while. I kept pushing around a few ideas, but didn’t really act on it. It wasn’t until I was inspired by my girlfriend unintentionally to spark the idea of “Where the Wild Things Are.”
I started off by making a stencil of the big creature as I wanted a graffiti-esque feel. From there, I decided to pen-tool and brush all the lines so they would really pop. Originally, the colors weren’t going to be the same as I thought about the idea of a parody, but after scrapping that idea, I went with original colors. From there, I really wanted to change up the jungle look and make it more tropical. This was also a pen-tool and brush creation. The leaves were mostly brushed. My old Wacom Intuos 3 came in clutch for the trees (as well as the rest of the piece). From there, I added the ground with some filtering to make the sand look sandy.
The piece didn’t feel quite done after that. I decided to add Max to give it some symmetry as well as tribute to the cover of the book. Finally, I decided to have fun with the background by adding images straight from the book. I did some color balancing to give the piece some sky blue. Finally, I tied it all together with some graffiti spray paint to the background. I had it printed at Staples and framed. I made two copies.