Page 21, Plate II: The Pussy Cat, a study of white-on-white

Page 21 – Plate IV: Princess April Morning-Glory soon was fast asleep in the pussy-cat’s ear (Artists & Illustrators)

Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

This is my favorite color plate. It is so subtle in the rendering and so soft in the pastel colors and light brush strokes.

Page 21, Plate II Top left detail of budding pussy willows

Page 21, Plate II Top left detail of budding pussy willows

The composition is intriguing– the eye is definitely pulled from the upper left in an almost exact 45 degree angle to the lower right.

In order, we move from the budding branches,

 

 

 

Page 21, Plate II: Detail of Princess April, the blue butterfly and the pussy cat's ear

Page 21, Plate II: Detail of Princess April, the blue butterfly and the pussy cat’s ear

down past the blue butterfly,

Page 21, Plate II: The Pussy Cat, a study of white-on-white

Page 21, Plate II: The Pussy Cat, a study of white-on-white

to April herself ensconced in the cat’s ear, to the eyes and then the mouth of the cat.

Then, with no where else for the eye to go on the diagonal vector, it just naturally floats up into the vacant space in the upper right corner, where it comes to rest – then it rises up and over the entire image and just takes it all in. Masterful. Especially given the fact that the empty upper right quadrant carries the visual weight for the whole image.

This image is so sweet, and so typical of the entire story.

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About Danny Garrett

Danny Garrett, Digital Restoration Artist for "Princess April Morning-Glory" Danny Garrett is best known for his contributions to music ephemera of Austin, Texas, especially in its heady early days in the 1970s. His pen & ink poster portraiture advertising the latest shows were a must-have addition to any blues-lover who saw such greats as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and so many more at the legendary Antones nightclub.As computers came of age, Danny adapted and began working for digital game companies, later transitioning to teaching both traditional and digital art. While holding a tenured position at Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Arts Dept., Danny developed digital techniques to restore Letitia’s artwork to its full glory, and render the previously unprintable pages, printable. Second only to Letitia, we would not finally be reading copies of Princess April Morning-Glory had Danny not graciously volunteered to take this project on.

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