Labyrinth book art

Cre­ate char­ac­ters with Cory God­bey.

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Contents -

This year marks the 30th an­niver­sary of Jim Hen­son’s clas­sic film, Labyrinth. As a part of the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion my pic­ture book, Labyrinth Tales, tells three orig­i­nal sto­ries, each fo­cus­ing on a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter from the ground-break­ing, strange and daz­zling world that Jim Hen­son, Brian Froud and many others worked hard to cre­ate.

When it comes to writ­ing and il­lus­trat­ing for some­thing as beloved as Labyrinth, my main goal is to ap­proach it hon­estly and re­spect­fully. It’s an hon­our that I’ve not taken lightly. I feel that, in a man­ner of speak­ing, I’ve been al­lowed into Brian’s gar­den to gather up sticks. Put an­other way, he built the sand­box and we get to play in it.

Well, per­haps one of these days Brian will come swing­ing out of his front door with a broom and chase me out of his gar­den (be­cause, re­ally, who wants some kid play­ing in your yard!) but un­til then I’ve en­joyed the artis­tic plea­sure of in­tensely study­ing his work. It’s richly com­plex, as­ton­ish­ingly beau­ti­ful and truly magic.

To bring these new sto­ries to life, I work hard to be cer­tain that I’ve gath­ered ap­pro­pri­ate ref­er­ence for the char­ac­ters and the world. There’s a del­i­cate bal­ance you must walk while try­ing to cre­ate some­thing hon­est and new, yet at the same time re­spect­ing the orig­i­nal work. It’s been grat­i­fy­ing to see the re­sponse from fans who have en­joyed my take on these clas­sic char­ac­ters!

I feel in­cred­i­bly grate­ful that I’ve been given the op­por­tu­nity to draw and write for such widely adored char­ac­ters, and in some small mea­sure add to the legacy of Jim Hen­son.

Cory cre­ates fan­ci­ful il­lus­tra­tions for books and films. His award-win­ning work has been fea­tured in the likes of Spec­trum: The Best in Con­tem­po­rary Fan­tas­tic Art and the So­ci­ety of Il­lus­tra­tors. You can see his work at www.cory­god­bey.com.

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