Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Road



I don't really know why i wanted to make an illustration for the book. It's a very realistic story, and doesn't need to be stylized at all. I think the lack of shadows in the descriptions probably had something to do with it. I kind of do that anyway, so i figured it might go ok. Mostly i just wanted to spend more time thinking about the book after i'd finished reading it.

26 comments:

Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

Beautiful.

josh said...

awesome man, interesting that you focused on the environment more than the father and son. I think you nailed the mood

Mustafa Kandaz said...

funny i finished read The Road yesterday and now i saw this and made pefrect sense

Hameed said...

Wow! Now that is exceptional. Nice work man.

RAWLS said...

That's stunning man! Beautiful work my friend!!

Jason Scheier said...

geezz

samacleod said...

Yeah, really beautiful.

Diamond said...

Great work Jon. Wonderful use of textures. I guess that goes for all your work.

Sam Bradley said...

Hey Jon,

I just finished this book myself 2 days ago, so it's strange to see you posting about it so soon after! I've been debating about making some art inspired by the story as well. I really like your interpretation.

Jon Klassen said...

thanks boys.

Ivan's blog said...

your stuff is always so impressive. I love the textures in all your paintings. -Ivan

Alina Chau said...

Stunning!

Kathleen said...

i had started reading the road a while ago but got side tracked. this has made me want to start reading it again. quite evocative.

brigette b said...

That's lovely.

Matt J said...

Superb! Recently read the book too-u've captured the bleak tone & the relationship between father & son very economically. I'm intrigued to see the movie version withy Viggo Morteneson.

enb said...

that is really nicely done.

onírica said...

wow!~
nice work!

;P

Nik Daum said...

Nice work Jon. You are a master of rendering trees and ground. Did you ever get a new computer?

M said...

oh my, just stumbled upon this. I'm only about halfway through the book, but I've been imagining it as completely bleak and grey. I forgot how much snow brightens a landscape, no matter how destroyed it is. This is a great image to keep with me as I finish.

Jublin said...

that's fantastic! i'm just reading the book for the first time now and it's really great so far.

intergalactic said...

Nicer than I had imagined, well done.

Great read, hard story.

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imwithsully said...

This is eerie and beautiful at the same time. Found you through the IllustrationMundo blog.

christopher said...

Simply amazing Jon. And thanks a bunch for your comment...I had to do a double take when I saw you had actually checked out my blog.

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Isobel Kho said...

How strange, for my second year summer project I have to create images inspired by 'The Road'. I saw this image on the 'Its Nice That' website and thought it illustrate the book really well... And that's actually what you'd been doing anyway. I love it. I love the imagery he gives about all the falling ash I hope I can capture it as well as you have :)

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