As I wrote in an earlier post, I’ve been reading (and sometimes re-reading) through a huge pile of Terry Pratchett novels during this strange year. The sense of absurd humor and colorful recurring characters I’ve been finding strangely comforting. Several of the most recent titles I’ve gotten through have featured a wonderful trio of witches, Granny Esme Weatherwax, ‘Nanny’ Gytha Ogg, and their young junior apprentice Magrat Garlick. I previously did a portrait of “Death” (from the same series of novels) and wanted to do another one along the same lines. They may or may not end up as self promo pieces.
Last week, Diana Rigg passed away. I and my brother Tom both had a significant crush on “Mrs. Peel” from the Avengers, and I was reminded of this fun little movie from the late sixties by my friend Cate. Did a quick caricature drawing this morning by way of a memorial (and belatedly to the hard drinking Oliver Reed who passed away over twenty years ago now).
At the start of this rather depressing year, I was finding myself reading a lot of apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, but it quickly became a bit too … Real, and rather Depressing. So around April, I switched over to rereading the entire Terry Pratchett Diskworld series of books, to lighten things up a bit. I’m currently halfway through “Reaper Man”, and felt the need to pay homage to a pair of my favorite characters from the novels, Death and the Death of Rats. (and I know, strictly speaking, the Death of Rats should be speaking in ALL CAPS, but it just didn’t work with this typestyle)
And couldn’t help but add another comic cover spoof to this week’s collection.
Keeping myself busy this week. Been watching a lot of 1930s movies starring James Cagney this past week, so felt a portrait was required. Been a while working in scratchboard, so I thought I might as well keep in practice.