This is one of the riskier images I've done. I try and avoid drawing other people's characters unless I bring my own perspective to their world. I tried for that this time, but I'm afraid it just looks like I'm bad at drawing Schultz's characters. I didn't pull reference for them until the very end--I couldn't remember what Lucy and Schroeder's hairstyles looked like. I also hoped to bring some dimension into the Peanuts tradition--the musical is performed by grownups in a sparse, stylized, but very much three dimensional space. The comic strip, is purposefully very flat.
I will say that I like the color scheme that came about. And snoopy is still a pretty good, different, yet recognizable design. I'm not sure I should have given Schroeder shoulders, but you live and you learn. Beethoven Day--I just don't want to see it commercialized. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Posted by Wilson Swain