Wogglebug of OZ Artwork

Wogglebug Tryout Piece by Mike Leuszler

Wogglebug Tryout Piece by Mike Leuszler

 

 

 

This is one of the three pieces I created as a tryout for illustrating Cynthia Hanson’s Wogglebug books. So far, there are four books (but for some reason I only come up with three when I search Amazon.com) out and you can get them all on Amazon.com.

The Wogglebug that appears there is somewhat different than this original piece.

First, the tongue. The reference I got had his tongue out so I thought that was some kind of personal quirk of the character and included it. Later on, I was informed that this was not the case, and you won’t see that tongue anywhere in any Wogglebug-related books I illustrate.

As for other differences, I’ll allow you to do your own compare and contrast by posting another picture of the ‘bug and let you play detective.

oz_chapter01_300This picture is from the first book I illustrated, Mr. Wogglebug, the Frogman, and Terry Volume 1: How the Truth Can Heal.  You can already see where I have slimmed down the character and somewhat simplified the design. The other guy is the Frogman, which in this version of Wogglebug, is a long-time friend of Mr. Wogglebug.  Ribbit.

chapter_1_colors_300

This is from The Wogglebug’s Book of Manners. Yay! Color! This design relies on less pen and ink work and more on the color.

So, if you’re interested in a parallel universe, non-canonical version of a classic OZ character, check out the books.

 

 

 

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