Amazon Exclusive From Author David Wiesner: The Development of Art & Max
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|Introduction to the photos below: |
These images show the development of the opening spread for my latest picture book, Art & Max. Given that a picture book is so brief, the opening pages must set the scene and introduce the characters in a concise and effective way. On the half title and title pages of Art & Max, I show Max racing across the landscape, from left to right. Now, on pages 4 and 5, he enters the scene as the story begins.
|This drawing is from an early dummy, before I had fully designed the characters or fully worked out the story.||Max was originally a chameleon, but I decided to make him a Collared Lizard instead.||I have reversed the position of Arthur and Max to continue the left to right movement from the title page.||I am exploring body stances to find an expressive interaction between the two characters. This isn’t it.|
|Arthur is beginning to look better. Their physical relationship still doesn't feel right.||Here the characters are looking good, but I think Max still needs to burst onto the scene somehow.||Now Max is off his feet, literally flying into the picture, and the landscape has also come together.||The scene, painted, as it appears in the book. The story of Art & Max has begun.|
Beautiful artwork as always from Wiesner, but the story is extremely confusing, I had to read and reread the first couple of pages to figure out who was saying what. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle McBeth
It isn't just the artwork that makes this story magical: it's the content as well. Tons of beautiful imagery combine with a story of how to be a friend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jill A. Dahlman
That was an adorable book. I would like to get more books from this author!!!! Definitely, a must have!!! ,Published 3 months ago by Alicia
The artwork and idea behind this book are delightful! I am a preschool teacher and the kids in my class beg me to read this again and agaiin!Published 3 months ago by Amy Griffeth
I own almost all of David Wiesner's books. He is a phenomenal talent, whose books are so creative. Each is very different, but all that I have obtained my grandson (age six when we... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marisa R. Bennett
A great story comes to life with fabulous illustrations.
An all time favorite!
So glad I found this book--it brings a smile to your face and your heart.
Arthur was painting a lizard’s portrait when Max came in. Max said, “Hey, Art, that’s great!” Arthur said, “The name is Arthur.” With a great big smile Max said, “I can paint too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wendy Gray
My 3 yo loves the stories and pictures of David Wiesner's books (she loves Tuesday, and Sector 7 too). Art and Max is the story of two lizards. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MyGal