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Dorothy Gale Drawings, Page 4 by clayrodery Dorothy Gale Drawings, Page 4 by clayrodery
From my forthcoming book, Curtains of Oz;

"Some months ago a curious package was delivered that looked as if it had been buried for ages. The package contained a most intriguing collection of drawings that were cataloged as the long lost sketchbook of a real Dorothy Gale who actually did have a surreal experience in Oz during the spring of 1900, and that this sketchbook documents this occurance. Dorothy's visual account illustrates though how emotionally taxing this experience actually was for this little girl.

These drawings were apparently hidden away to protect against the possibility of catastrophic social upheaval on Earth. American agents sympathetic to maintaining the isolation of Oz were then recruited to pen the story of Dorothy Gale as a work of fiction, which we know today as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Not only was this child put through a grotesque experience, but when it was over she and her family were strong-armed by the authorities to never mention it again. Dorothy finally had to watch as her life was trivialized in the most despicable way. Her experience was so successfully trivialized over the past 110 years that even today, with the declassification of these drawings, this catalog will also most likely be regarded as fiction.


So now a word about the drawings; each one of the Dorothy drawings also has a partner-illustration that "I" made to give a proper context to Dorothy's sketches.

More info on when Curtains of Oz will be available is forthcoming.
haius Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist
Dorothy draws way better than I ever could - at least not at that age. :)
clayrodery Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
In 1899, American artist Arthur Wesley Dow published a book called Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers, which was a really influential little art textbook. It's sort of small and could be carried in a pocket. I came up with a little backstory about Dorothy owning and practicing from this book, the evidence of this in the very first Dorothy drawing where she's holding a little bit of paper with basic shapes colored prismatically
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