written and illustrated by Keith Negley
How can you express your individuality through clothing and art?
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Meet Illustrator: Keith Negley
We think it's important to talk with children about the illustrations in a picture book as well as the illustrator's process! In this delightful and powerful book, Mr. Negley created all of his sketches in Adobe Illustrator before rebuilding them using water soluble graphite pencils. Then he used cut paper and collaged the illustrations in Photoshop.
Take time to explore the illustrations and ask children about Mr. Negley's process:
How would you describe his style of artwork?
The townspeople wear tall hats and bonnets, and their clothing consists of crazy patterns and colors; however, Mary wears simple clothing in solid colors. Do you think this was intentional? Why or why not?
Describe the book's color palette. Why might he have chosen these particular colors?
The primary medium is cut paper collage. Do you think this medium worked well for the story? Why or why not?
How do the illustrations make you feel? How do they add to, or take away from, the story?
Mr. Negley created his illustrations horizontally rather than vertically. Why? Do you think the illustrations would have worked just as well if they were in a vertical layout?
It was a big deal from Mary Wears What She Wants
40" x 21" print
Try this Process Art Experience
: an artistic composition made of various materials (such as paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface
The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collage.
Set Up the Creative Space
Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley
Foam core, cardboard or paper
Fabric and paper scraps, all different colors and textures
Sample "mood" boards (you can find these online)
Bits and pieces like sequins, tiny clothespins, ribbon, yarn, buttons, and other found objects
Tempera paint sticks (we love Kwik Stix)