This image, Emerald Beauties, shows the Cowardly Lion being dressed up after his arrival in the Emerald City.
It was created by famed comic book artist and film noir specialist, Glen Orbik.
It was created as part of the Wizard of Oz traveling exhibit of interpretive art from important contemporary artists, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz film release.
The art show “Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection” featured 14 artists and was launched at Art Basel Miami in December 2008, then traveled through the US in 2009.
The original rendition of Emerald Beauties was chosen to be featured in the Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition book, released in fall 2009.
Glen Orbik (1963 – May 11, 2015) was an American illustrator known for his fully painted paperback and comic covers, often executed in a noir style.
In the 1970s, Orbik and his mother moved to Douglas County, Nevada. He is a 1981 graduate of Douglas High School in Minden, Nevada. He studied art at the California Art Institute then located in Encino, later Calabasas, California, and now located in Westlake Village. He studied under the school's founder, retired movie and advertisement illustrator Fred Fixler.
Orbik eventually took over the classes when Fixler retired from teaching and taught figure drawing after returning from an extended hiatus. His work has been compared to Alex Ross and Robert McGinnis, and he was a popular teacher among fine art, comic, and video game artists. He most recently worked on a series of paperback covers for the Hard Case Crime series of novels.
Orbik resided in Van Nuys, California. He died on May 11, 2015 of cancer.