For my first post I wanted to share the weird art of Amedee Varin. These illustrations are from a book called “The Empire of the Vegetables.” Varin’s glorious anthropomorphic vegetables were a great inspiration to me when I set out to draw “The Dance of the Turnips.” From what I can tell, “The Empire of the Vegetables” was a children’s book that was written around 1850. I think these veggie people are a little too frighteningly realistic for many young children, but I am blown away by his talent…and I’m glad to see that he used his power for weirdness, as he probably could have drawn anything well. I observed his drawings and the drawings of many others to create my turnip people for the Eastham turnip festival (yes, that is a thing!) Lots of the drawings of anthropomorphic vegetables and fruits that I found were from very old books and postcards. Vegetable people seem to have had a heyday during Victorian times…and many of them are kind of creepy. I think the trick with creating these kinds of drawings is that you have to walk the line. They can easily become too scary, or on the other hand too goofy . I’ve seen it go both ways. Does anybody else out there have a soft spot for anthropomorphic vegetables and fruit? I know you’re out there ‘cuz I’ve seen your pins on Pinterest!