Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Magic Trash







Hello Blogger friends,
I just wanted to show you what I've been up too.
Have you ever heard of the Heidleberg Project??
It is the out of the box and off the wall art of artist Tryee Guyton
of Detroit, Michigan. Tyree takes trash and makes art i.e.
"Magic Trash". The book is written by J.H. Shapiro
a talented writer of children's books.
The book is published by Charlesbridge Publishing and
due out in Sept of 2011. I had the joy and pleasure of doing the illustrations for
the book. It was the hardest work I ever loved. I usually work digitally.
I had been wanting to do a more traditional style children's book.
This book is done in my collage and mixed media style and
I can't wait to do more like this one.
There is nothing like playing with found objects and paint and glue.
I felt like a mad scientist and I loved it. It took me a while to get started.
Someone told me that, "You have to love it V!" and he was right. Once I stopped
worrying about the process and got into it, it all just came together.
Live art. Touching the media and and mixing the colors was so wonderful.
I am so excited and happy about this project and I hope that you get to
see it soon. Okay, back to packing.
Have a great week Y'all

63 comments:

Ginger*:) said...

What a delight! This book is a feast for the eyes. Great work Vanessa!!!!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

OMG!!!!!
YES! YES! YES!
I do know about the man and the work and I can think of NO ONE better than you to have done this! :-D
My heart soars seeing all the things that are used in the *Magic Trash* and I know that wonderful feel of pulling all the collage goodies out of the box and cutting loose.
Vanessa~~you TOTALLY ROCK GIRLFRIEND!
I have to buy this book......

XXOO~~♥ ♥ ♥
From the mad alchemist's apprentice,
Anne

Heather said...

Oh now this is so Awesome! Can't wait to check out your fabulous work in this book - he sounds (and looks) like an incredible artist.
I love that idea of mixed media, another one of my favorite children's artists, Melissa Sweet, does something like that, collage and glue and all that jazz....totally delightful to see you in another book! Love that! Have a great day!

genie espinosa said...

AWESOME! i'm so impressed! you did a super great handmade work! i can't wait to see more!! YOU'RE GREAT!

Nicola said...

Wow this is awesome, what a great artist and the book looks amazing, I love your mixed media style it's so rich and beautiful! What an exciting project indeed!! My boys would love this book! :0)

Tracey said...

You are so talented! This looks wonderful, congratulations to you!

salli s. swindell said...

vanessa, you are golden!!! this is the most amazing collection of illustrations...awesome meets awesome.

Tamara Henderson said...

Wow, amazing work!!! I can't wait until the book come out!

bee said...

Wow Vanessa, these illos look incredible!! I must go check out some more about this awesome dude too, how inspiring! Do let us know when the book is available so I can get my mitts on a copy! :)

Tami T. said...

It looks gorgeous! I cannot wait to see it in print. The mixed-media illustrations are perfect for the subject matter. :)

Melissa Saylor said...

Holy smoke, I love it!!! Can't wait to get my copy. Keep up the amazing, wonderful, fabulous work. You and your work just make me smile. Thanks.

michele said...

Oh girlie, girlie, girl, how can you not LOVE this? Even though I live for spring and summer, I can't wait for September to get here! Looking forward to seeing the rest of this- with your talented touch, I know it's going to be fun from cover to cover! :o)

Janine said...

How cool is that????
Wow, I love that magic trash. This is so awesome and your collages are perfect to present this.
I don´t know nothing about digital art and so I can´t imagine how you usually make your fabolous illustrations, but I can imagine you cutting out pieces, searching for sunken treasures in the dustbin and ruin your clothes with glue. Well at least this is what I would do, hi hi hi.
Have a great day
big big hug
Janine

Amy said...

Amazing subject and I love the way your mixed media illustrations bring it to life! Now I want to see the house and your book in person. And maybe play with some new media.

Kay Aker said...

This is so exciting, so thrilling!I'm envisioning a Caldecott award in your immediate future and it couldn't happen to a more worthy artist! Your work is simply extaordinary!I know of the Heidelburg Project I used to live in Warren - a wonderland for a kid. Detroit is going to rise again. Thanks for being a part of that.

k.h.whitaker said...

Oh VEE! There are delicious. I absolutely love that you are getting to do collage for a book. I'm so excited about seeing this finished. I think it is going to be magical.

Dennis Salvatier said...

This work looks amazing and I can't wait to be able to hold it in my hands. I think you're onto something here, V. I can see why it would take longer, but it's worth it in the end.

Nina Seven said...

Oh WOW, V! What a fantastic project! It looks so so awesome! I can't wait to see the final book, You're the BOMB, baby!

Ana said...

the illustrations are fantastic ♥
and I love the pictures, those houses look great covered with art :)

Cassandra said...

Wow that looks like great fun!! I bet the book is amazing!! Great work Vanessa!!

yoborobo said...

WOWEEE!!!! V, this book is gorgeous! And I am so excited that you got to work 'old style'. :) Me? I keep thinking I really should figure out how to work digitally - lol! But I love paper, and scissors and glue too much. Can't wait to see your new baby in person! Congratulations!!! xox Pam

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Marcus Mientus said...

AMAZING!

Kristi Valiant said...

Oh, that is so much fun! Lovin' those textures and colors and happy, beautiful messes! Kids are just going to eat it up. Can't wait to see the book in person!

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

Oh, Vanessa! You've totally outdone yourself. How alive. How vibrant. I am amazed at how closely you captured the essence of his art. You are so brave to work with the 'raw materials' of our trade. Had it been me I would still be staring at blank illustration board. I also can't get over how MUCH it looks like your digital art in tone and texture. A testament to your talent in the digital realm.

rachel awes said...

congratulations vanessa!
truly, all you touch IS magic.
yes to YOU.
these mixed media creations
you've made are deeeelightful soup!
i loooooove this, dear!
xoxox

Juan said...

Congratulations Vanessa!!! Great work!

Ann Pilicer said...

Just absolutely love it! What a treasure you have created! It looks amazing! I can not wait to see it in person! very impressive Congrats! :D

taio said...

excelent

Tamara Henderson said...

Hey Vanessa, Thanks for the lovely comment! Have a great week!!

Bella Sinclair said...

OH! HOT DANG! This book is Magic, all right! Wow, what a fantastically wild house. And your illustrations capture all the whimsy and fun and LOVE for funky odds and ends. Ooooh, the patterned paper and buttons! Makes me want to rampage around the house, tearing things apart just so I have new art material. Looks like it was a LOT of hard work, but also extremely rewarding and a lot of joy.

When you pack me away, please remember to poke a few airholes in the box, 'kay?

Love you, my sweet!!!

Sami said...

Missed your drawings soooo much during my absence in the internet world :)

jazzlamb said...

WOAHOHOHO! I'm LOIVING his work and your work and his work and then yours again! I don't know what to look at! Really lovely! And thanks a lot a lot for sharing! Greetings from India :)

theartofpuro said...

Looooooooooove it!What a great experience to work in this way:)

Heather Powers said...

I can't wait to see this. I love all the colors and patterns - they look like magic! And what a fun story for kids to read about. So awesomely green!

Shell said...

What an amazing man and your illustrations just glow highlighting Tyree's work.

Allek said...

pasaba a saludarte!
te dejo un fuerte abrazo!

Krista said...

Wowzie, Powzie!! This technique is PERFECT for this story! Tyree must be over the moon thrilled to have his story and his art depicted this way!

Indigene said...

Wowee! What a great book, art and photos! You know I'm buying the book, right?! Lol! For me, working digitally is challenging, and working traditionally is like eating chocolate! :) Love it, love it!

Okay, now hurry up and move, so you can dish with us more! Sending you love and lots of patience on the move! :)

Ellen Byrne said...

FABULOUS!

Lisa M Griffin said...

Vanessa, this looks amazing! I am so proud of you... it seems like everything you touch is gold my dear friend. :)
Can't wait to see this book, sounds like a fantastic concept... a go green artist.
Thanks for sharing your cheer and talent. Have a great weekend.

Charmaine D'Silva said...

You are so fab V! Love all this stuff. Do you use Photoshop for your work...I forget now. xoxo

Peter Breese said...

Looks magnificent, congrats V! Love that you had a chance to do the collage... really looks fantastic.

Brad said...

my goodness how did i miss this!! it is stunning, i love how you incorporated the collage elements, so cool! this book is going to be hard to wait for!

Vicki Smith said...

The book and your subject sound truly wonderful!

Michaele Razi said...

Love the pics of his house and your illustrations are mind-blowing. Absolutely gorgeous! My eyes are incredibly happy right now! Thank you.

Shirley said...

Whhhhhhhhoooooohoooooooo!!! Congratulations to the moon and back on this, Vanessa..wow, the book and story look to be so incredibly rich. I love your collage work and to read your words of how you loved getting into it, just makes it magic. I can only imagine how thrilled everyone who was a part of this book was of your amazing art. I can't wait to see and read it. I wish you lots of peace through all of your packing. And by the way, I loved your Fatherhood PSA and illustration. Yay for hubby!!!

Eric Barclay said...

Beautiful and original. The love shines through... there is nothing else like this.

Sabbio said...

What a great project, that's so powerful to have you create about an artist creating with "trash" :)

Melinda Stanley said...

This. Is. Wonderful.

I'm so amazed by people who can work in collage. I was never very successful at it myself but I SO enjoy looking at works created in this medium.

This book looks awesome; so chock full of imagination, no doubt! Thanks for sharing, Vanessa! Your work always covers such a broad spectrum! :)

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thepickledlemon said...

This is awesome! I love the way you visualize ideas on paper. It such an inspiration to see your work. Now i definitely want to buy this for my little one.

Missy said...

Wow, looks beautiful!

roberta baird said...

Oh my.... oh my...how much have I missed! me with my pencil to paper!
Time for me to take a breather...

Things are looking pretty springy around here V! Love it and your new book looks awesome!Simply gorgeous!
I can't wait to see the whole thing!!

T.L. Holmes Williams said...

The real photos of the place are CRAZY-COOL!! It's something I would expect Aimee to take pictures of in her fabulous Kansas town! You've done a tremendous job capturing the vivid colors and sights of his work; bravo, Sweet Lady!!
-Tara :D

Redheaded Stepchild said...
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Redheaded Stepchild said...

Wow! What a really cool project! I love that Charlesbridge Publishing made the decision to publish a book about to educate the world about it. Your art couldn't be more perfect for this! How exciting for you! Congrats on another wonderful book!

www.themerrylife.blogspot.com said...

I can NOT wait to buy this book!! I love it and I love your art!

donny* said...

It looks amazing, V. I'm going to mark my calendar for when I can get me paws on that. I'm a huge, and when I say huge, I mean HUGE admirer of his work. So excited for you. Looks like an amazing project to be a part of!

Tomás Serrano said...

Very big congrats, Vanessa. I know you are a great artist in the manual labor field.

donny* said...

Yeah. Actually I was introduced to his work not too long ago by someone who had just been introduced to it and we all became part of the 'Tyree is Amazing!' fan club together.

Angela Meijer said...

absolutely incredible!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on this beautiful book. You are amazing.

D Hawk said...

I am also from detroit and have seen his art, it is great that you have illustrated this book in his memory. I enjoyed looking at the illustrations. I'm going to have to get this book. Thanks for sharing.