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THE WIZARD OF OZ: Flying Monkey Mugshot by Jerome-K-Moore THE WIZARD OF OZ: Flying Monkey Mugshot by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Marketing Art, THE WIZARD OF OZ, Flying Monkey Turn. Pencil, blue prismacolor pencil, digital color.

In order to aid licensees in their effort to manufacture sculptures for toys, and figurines, it was necessary to generate illustrations that "spelled out" the details of specific characters as translated in three dimensions. Here, I rendered the front view of one of the Flying Monkeys (also referred to as Winged Monkeys) in a neutral pose.

Initially, the art direction was to depict all the Oz film characters more realistically, with the anthropomorphic animals looking more like creatures, and less like actors in costume. It was thought that the obvious costume imperfections, the wrinkles, and the make-ups might be undesirable. However, much of the fake quality actually adds to the charm of the Victor Fleming masterpiece, and too much realism could prove unsettling. The decision was made to remain faithful, flaws and all.
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finalatom Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
This is awesome
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vjkelly Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
great picture
love your work..
My site is www.northernoz.com and my book although it is published I am looking for an artist for all the characters and lands.  I have a studio industry group interested in making it into a syfy movie but I want to develop the characters first.  I did the best I could with my limited ability in art. My email address is vincentjkelly@ayhoo.com if you would be interested. 
  ALSO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AND I WILL PUT YOUR SITE or art ON MY WEBSITE.....thanks vjkelly
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Moonshine3991 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love these monkeys! =D
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Hmmm... I don't remember posing for this. :confused:

But seriously, I'll be flying out to the coast in the Fall; you plan on attending any more Cons this year (Long Beach etc,)? I'll treat you to lunch!*

*I'm actually more more civil and respectful in person than I am on the interweb. :-)
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
No plans to attend any conventions for me at this time, Tony. I haven't been to one in years. But, who knows, right? :)
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Y'know, I can't say I blame you. I've gone years at a time without going to any of them, and then I'll get a bug up my butt for comics and decide to visit one-- what I find is a whole lotta stuff that I don't connect with in the least. A bunch of middle aged, beer-gut laden men sweating in tights... all-manner of uninspired "creators" peddling books that they themselves don't even like and probably wouldn't buy if they took a moment to objectively assess the stuff at their table.

I'll leave feeling dejected, disillusioned and asking myself,"What was the point of all this, what was it that I was looking for?" Then I'll remind myself of the potential of the medium (comics, animation, etc.) and that the proponents of an industry do not necessarilly reflect the highest ideals and aspirations of the industry. In the same sense that most of the practitioners of a given religious ideology don't necessarily reflect the highest ideals of the doctrines to which they subscribe, eh?

In any case, best to you and yours. :hug:
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
you have the best job ever.....
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Da-Wabbit Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable lil guy ^^

Flop at your peril! XD
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I was always a bit frightened by these guys as a kid, which is what the filmmakers wanted, no doubt. Cute and cuddly servants of the Wicked Witch of the West just wouldn't work-- my pretty! Hahaha!
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome design!
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