Sunday, December 21, 2008

Roast Duck and Asian American Children's Books

Its MY Roast duck restaurant!

I've been wanting to do illustrations that have anthropomorphic animals in an Asian type setting for a while now. I don't see much of that in American children's books and I miss that. Usually when there are any type of Asian American children's books, its usually to teach Americans about Asian culture, so they don't use anthropomorphic animals. Its usually happy Asian children celebrating some sort of Asian holiday.

I was looking through my Japanese children's books and was so pleasantly surprised to see animals eating noodle soup with chopsticks...its just so cute and fun. I guess if it was anyone's responsibility to incorporate that in their work, its me.

Of course, I wouldn't have the evil butcher guy to the right in a children's book and give little children nightmares. Or would I!?! (insert evil laughter here)

20 comments:

Diana Evans said...

hahahaha...so so cool Jannie...I love it and I could almost hear that evil laugh...

I love the cute little duck walking on her merry own way....

Have a wonderful Holiday Jannie!!!

Hugs
Diana

Alicia Padrón said...

Heee.. hee this is very cute Jannie! Even though it has the evil butcher in the corner (evil laugh again...) ;o) I think is adorable!

Gina Perry said...

It's so wrong, but it's so right! If you think you've found a gap in the market, then go for it!

Ken Chandler said...

'Tis the season for butchering anthropomorphic animals, fah la la...

All the best children's tales have anthropomorphic animals, so just do it! Great work Jannie! Good luck finding that niche.

And Merry Christmas!

Candace Trew Camling said...

i love this! The butcher is soooo funny. Love the blood dripping detail...very Children's Book Noir...

The duck's horrified look is priceless too.

sketched out said...

Only you could make the evil butcher look, well, almost adorable, hee hee. I used to love Grimms Fairy Tales as a kid, so there are some children out there who have a bit of a dark side... bwwwaaaa haaa aaaa!

Merry Christmas Jannie!!

Majeak Ann said...

Hey Jannie! so sweet and kind of you! I am so glad to see you! Cheers and happy holidays sweet friend! Wishing Success for you as always..and sending love your way.
xoxo!
Marjorie

lil kim said...

haha, that's great. Look like the butcher has been busy already!

Roberta said...

Funny!!!
A little evil laughter never hurt anybody!!

TokyoBunnie said...

Have a great holiday!!! <3

doodlestreet said...

Hhahhahahahhaahhahahah...you crack me up... !!

Natura said...

So good, great expressions :)

Have a great and happy Holidays!

Tracy said...

Hee hee! That's HILARIOUS! That butcher looks evil! :) Hope you had a very Merry Christmas ... and if anyone is going to draw critters with an Asian culture, you're the girl! I'd buy it in a heartbeat :)

J. E. Morris said...

You have an amazing way of combining adorable and disturbing. I love it! I also really liked your holiday card this year.

Liz the ChatRabbit said...

Bahahaha! There's just a wee bit o' psycho in you, Jannie! Who doesn't love anthropomorphic critters? Kids surely do. Sometimes I think it's the ADs who feel they must be PC. LOL!

Oiyi said...

Oh yum, Roast Duck is one of my favorites from Big Wong's.

blue said...

You should check out Storybox. They are great for kids aged 3-6 They are great for Kids aged 3-6 and have a Xmas Tree drawing competition on this month!

suzanne.artist said...

How about roast human restaurant? and the duck holding the clever!

I do love your illustration style! very fun!

Samantha said...

k... what up with the butcher with the butcher and the blood driping? lol
kinda scary, but cool... hahaha


Merry Christmas... even though its January 17th... lmao

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