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If Richard Scarry Books Were Aimed At Hipsters Instead Of Toddlers

 

richard_scarry_badassNew York, NY – Friday, May 31, 2013

Back in 2007 I got a weird illustration assignment in.  I had done work for the music magazine Alternative Press five years earlier, creating a bunch of art for the Warped Tour 02 Magazine but this was to be completely different.  It’s always strange when a client asks an artist to try to “ape” another artist’s style, and some artists just won’t or can’t do it.  The art director floated out the “homage” concept in a mass email to the freelancers to see who could draw in the style of the deceased children’s book illustrator Richard Scarry.

I normally focus on my line weights, and color, but Scarry was all about uniform simple line art, creating a world of anthropomorphic animals that live in an alternate universe where there are no humans.

The concept was that a bunch of musicians were going to write a paragraph about their first job, and I would draw these various scenarios all in one city scene.  Everything outside of those stories was up to me, I could populate the town as I wished.  Being that the magazine is pretty bad ass with a focus on indy, punk, and heavy metal, I took Richard Scarry to places little kids reading the books wouldn’t think he’d venture…observe:1 23 4

He has three tear tats, that means he was raped three times in prison.  No wonder he’s pissed.  Notice the globe, I wanted to make sure people knew that this was earth, even though a cat is feeding birds instead of killing and eating them.

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The cat on the skateboard needs sleep, he is cracked out.

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Sunglasses selling lion don’t give a shit, he’s got shit to do, online shit.

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That pig is paying for a smoothie with a dollar, that’s how you know this isn’t earth.

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Upstairs is for hipster giraffes only.

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Some of what I wanted to draw did have to get censored…as in, they made me change the image last minute.  This bear was squeezing a panicking mouse’s head (which is why the beatnik mouse and the worm guy look pissed and concerned. I ended up just having to get rid of the mouse in his hands.

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This rabbit was flipping the bird…DELETE THE MIDDLE FINGER please.

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This bunny is into some dark shit, and so is the bear.  Rock on.

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Here is the issue it ran in.  Good times.

Written & Drawn by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”

 

 

About Cojo Art Juggernaut

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Artiholics, Art Sucks, and the soon to be launched podcast Artist In Repose, Cojo "Art Juggernaut" (Colin C. Jorgensen) is a NYC based artist, art writer, and occasional photographer.

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