Several times I've considered drawing something to accompany The Wiz, but it never felt right. Home, came up most often, and I considered No Bad News. When it came time, The Tornado, a short instrumental piece meant to accompany dancing, felt most right. I'm pleased to do another piece that feels like an actual illustration and not just a study. I've said before that most of these images are studies for other pieces. This one feels more complete. My only regret is that I did not find a way to incorporate an african american sensibility. Or something that feels like 70s funk. Those elements are integral to the genesis of the show....and in the movie as well. I seriously considered turning the house into a tenement, but in researching, I realized that the original stage production was a more earnest adaptation of the Kansas farmhouse, and was not set in NY the way the movie (brilliantly) was.
Posted by Wilson Swain