For the 3rd year I have been creating and placing character cutouts around the campus of Hollins University during the summer term.
Each summer it is joy to choose which classic children’s book characters will be immortalized. Last year I chose to focus on female characters.
This year the ducklings marched onto campus. To make them I first looked up reference from the original book, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.
The duckings were a LITTLE too long to include them all on my corrugated plastic material, which is only 40″ wide, so I had to edit a few out.
Then I cut out the whole flock with a sharp exacto knife, sprayed the material with primer and painted them with acrylics.
Robert McCloskey illustrated Make Way for Ducklings using lithographs. I tried to reproduce this and make it look as close to the original art as possible using only paint brushes.
Joining the ducklings on campus were Horton from Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss.
Peter from Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
The Princess and the Dragon from The Paperbag Princess, written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Yoko from Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells
and finally, School, from School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson