On this inauguration day, my first thought was to do a parting jab at ‘you know who’, and my second thought was to commemorate the incoming administration, but as I’m working on paper dolls of those characters already, my final thought was that I would enjoy the sheer pleasure of not having to think about who’s holding the nuclear codes EACH AND EVERY HOUR OF EVERY WAKING DAY. So, with this in mind, I instead turned to a character we’ve been spending a lot of time with over the past few weeks. We picked up a DVD of the entire series of “Have Gun – Will Travel” with Richard Boone, and have been bingeing these old western tv shows. I regret not including him in my recent “Western Legends” coloring book, but took some time to do a caricature this morning. A refreshing western hero, who is not only good with a gun, but intelligent, moral and well read (and not even conventionally handsome).
For the past ten years, I have done a Krampus Christmas Card design for sending out to clients and family and friends. For those who are unaware of who this character is, here’s the wikipedia entry on his background. I also post and sell these designs on my Zazzle storefront, and this design should be appearing there in the next few days.
Another in a series of Terry Pratchett inspired illustrations to keep myself busy during a particularly slow year. One of my favorite characters in all of the Discworld books was the Patrician of the city of Ankh-Morpork, Havelock Vetinari. I’ve long pictured the british actor Charles Dance when I’ve read the books, and I was tickled to discover that he had in fact been cast in the role for the television adaptation “Going Postal” (Jeremy Irons played him in “Colour of Magic”, and according to the Wikipedia page, Terry Pratchett’s own choice of actor was the late Alan Rickman). So, for my portrait, I’ve sort of leaned towards Charles Dance, but with a different hairstyle and without the goatee, as he is so often pictured with).
In anticipation of Tuesday’s first debate, I am reminded of the movie ‘The Exorcist’. The growing sense of unease, menace, and mounting horror at the malignancy that has been growing unchecked under our own roof. That feeling of desperate hope when kindly Father Merrin finally shows up for the showdown with the bile spewing demon. Here’s wishing Joe Biden luck in keeping up with the fire hydrant of lies, fear and hatred. Or maybe they will surprise us all with an evening of intelligent discourse and reasonable debate on the issues . . . (uh, yeah, right)
Some of my favorite pieces this year have been non-commissioned. Here’s another in my series of Terry Pratchett inspired illustrations. (see previous posts over the past month or so). Here’s the Librarian (word of advice; don’t call him a ‘monkey’).