Friday, March 8, 2013

Fun art inspired by ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Artists of all stripes have been playing with “The Wizard of Oz” story and characters for years.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz paid homage to “The Wizard of Oz” in a photo series for Vogue magazine in December 2005. It featured actress Keira Knightley as Dorothy. See the entire series at Fairytales & Dreams.

Artist Billy Nunez transported L. Frank Baum’s original story, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” from Kansas to China with wonderful results. Check out “The Wizard of Oz in China” on his website.

Artist Galen Dara provided some terrific illustrations of the popular story for the book “Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond.” Read more about the project at io9.

Designer Jordan Roland illustrated versions of classic Oz characters with a modern-day spin. The collection at Shutterstock is called “The Hipsters of Oz.” (See first photo above and directly below.)

Sebastian Giacobino created a playful version of Oz with a youthful Dorothy.

Michal Szyksznian put a dark spin on the classic tale.

Comic-book artist Todd McFarlane made a bizarro world Oz with his toy line called “Twisted Land of Oz.” Check out the photo of the Dorothy with Munchkins figures below.

Comic book artist J. Scott Campbell put his trademark sexy spin on the story.

Cartoonists have taken a humorous approach to the material. For instance, check out this strip from Cyanide and Happiness.

Or this one from Mike Jacobsen.

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And finally, here’s a funny newspaper summary of the movie by Rick Polito.

For more “Wizard of Oz” art, check out Vietnam Visa, the Design Inspiration and Unreality Magazine.

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