CLRC: Balloons Over Broadway
CLRC: Balloons Over Broadway
The final front cover of Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
Picture of the jacket of Balloons Over Broadway
Tribute to Melissa Sweet's studio and her art style
An early dummy page that explicitly introduced the idea of Tony Sarg's humor. Pen and pencil on paper, photograph.
Published page of the moment Tony Sarg begins to realize how to make the balloons work.
Photograph of the author/illustrator, Melissa Sweet
Painted drafts of the elephant balloon in different positions. Gouache paint on watercolor paper.
A cut-out marker and gouache paint image of an elephant balloon hovering high above a cut-and-pasted city.
Draft of Tony Sarg's workshop with an elephant balloon in gouache paint on paper.
A draft of the elephant balloon in gouache paint on watercolor paper.
Short video of the mixed media spread
A draft of the elephant balloon in pencil and gouache paint on watercolor paper.
Photograph of the published version of the title page.
Photograph of the published version of the credits page.
Photograph of the published art of the endpapers of the book.
Brainstorming sketches, including many variations on the elephant balloon. Ink on tracing paper.
The final art for the tall elephant balloon spread, in gouache paint on watercolor paper.
Photograph of the published art of page 9.
Sketch of the elephant with notes in ink on tracing paper.
Sketch featuring several balloons and Tony Sarg's thought process. Ink on tracing paper.
Sketch of the final cover design in ink and crayon on tracing paper.
Concept sketch of the elephant balloon, painted with gouache paint over a computer-printed Good Year blimp on paper.
Printed picture of Tony Sarg with added accents by Melissa Sweet in gouache paint.
Photograph of the endpapers at the front of the published book, including Melissa Sweet's signature.
A sketch of a puppet's humor guide in ink on tracing paper.
Original page of a 1933 newspaper advertisement of Macy's parade balloons.
Cut and pasted lined paper with a note reading "paper from the bottom of pg 30".
Painted and cut and pasted words and shapes intended to be digitally placed on the final art. Gouache paint, ink, printed, and cut-and-pasted elements.
The finished art for chicken coop of pg 9 in crayon and marker on graph paper.
Most of the finished art for pg 9. The numbered chicken contraption sketch was replaced with another version in digital editing. Gouache paint on paper, with sticky notes.
Photograph of the published page, including a map of the parade route in the background.
Printed bio page with Melissa Sweet's notes.
Page 14 of a spiral-bound biography by Tamara Hunt, with Melissa Sweet's notes.
An early dummy of pg 8, including content that would eventually be on page 9. Printed cut-outs on paper, with marker. Editorial sticky notes from Melissa Sweet's editor, Ann Rider.
A dummy of pgs 8-9 in ink and marker on paper.
A dummy of pg 8-9 with sticky notes by Melissa Sweet. Ink on tracing paper.
A hardcover dummy of pg 8-9 with a sticky note from Melissa Sweet's editor, Ann Rider. Constructed from cut and pasted copies of ink on paper.
Miniature dummy of page 8-9. Pencil on paper.
Dummy of pgs 8-9 in ink on paper, with cut-and-pasted printed text and a pencil note by Melissa Sweet.
Brainstorming page about Tony Sarg, including comparisons between him and sandwiches. Ink on graphing paper.
Research notes about Sarg's chicken contraption in ink on graph paper.
A sketch about humor in ink on paper.
A timeline of Tony Sarg's life, in ink and spread across 4 pages that are taped together length-wise.
A basic thumbnail sketch of Balloons Over Broadway in ink and marker on lined paper.
A page of notes and questions in ink from one of Melissa Sweet's research notebooks.
Notes and brainstorming with chicken contraption sketch. Ink on paper.
Notes on Tony Sarg's life, including his "2 doting grandmothers" that didn't make it into the finished book. Ink on paper.
A list of "10 things about Tony Sarg" in pen on lined paper.
Notes and a sketch about "moments of humor". Ink on lined paper.
A list of "100 Questions for Tony Sarg" in ink on lined paper.
"A few facts" about the Macy's parade and Tony Sarg in ink on lined paper.
Brainstorming activity list starting with "I am not Tony Sarg". Ink on lined paper.
Word list with sketch. Pencil on lined paper.
Ideas about "what's fun for a kid". Ink on graph paper.
Concept sketch of a "funometer" drawn with ink on cardboard.
Ink on paper sketch of the word "HUMOR" glued to a cut-out sketch of a person with a hammer.
Concept art of a funny rating graph, with sketch. Ink and pencil on graph paper.
A page from an early dummy. Includes a sketch of the talking pencil, an early narrator, quoting Tony Sarg. In pencil, marker, and gouache paint on paper and computer printed photographs.
Brainstorming page featuring the text "FUNNY, COMICAL, MOVE". Pencil on paper
A paper scrap saying "can you replace the animals?" in reference to Tony's mission to replace the scary animals of the parade with something funny. Pencil and ink on paper.
An old street map printed on watercolor paper and given a light coating of gouache paint.
Photograph of the published version of the big 3D mixed media marionette spread.