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sunday stroll

July 31, 2008
sunday stroll (detail)

sunday stroll (detail)

Here is another piece in the Elderly Adventures series, part of the gallery show that is currently up in Toronto right now. What you see above is a small bit of detail – to see the rest, please click past the jump!

sunday stroll 9 " x 30 " (click to view large)

sunday stroll 9 " x 30 " (click to view large)

This is the full version of Sunday Stroll. Again we see our senior citizen friend doing something quite mundane, walking his dog, while something wildly fantastic is happening around him. Nothing fazes him though, and he continues to go about his business.

One source of inspiration was the old Disney cartoon Duck Tales – and specifically a scene where Scrooge McDuck was escaping a collapsing temple (you can see a brief snippet of it in the intro). Looking back, I guess you can see my affection for the elderly and adventure all in this show! Years later I would learn that the series was loosely based on the comics of Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, which in turn influenced Jeff Smith’s Bone, who then in turn inspired me!

Do you see the cyclical cosmic pattern working here?

sunday stroll (sketch)

sunday stroll (sketch - click to view large)

I thought it might be neat to show some of the prep work i did for this piece. This sketch (which i originally did for Brad over at Secret Still) was conceived on a boring train ride. You can see some differences, it looks like there is some suggestion that the creature had hair, and that there were stalactites on the ceiling, but generally that’s pretty much it!

I’ll have to update this post later with a picture of this piece framed. Simon over at Show & Tell did a fantastic job creating a presentation that complemented and enhanced the work. Thanks so much Simon for your expert craftsmanship!

That’s about it for now folks, there is only a few more pieces to put up and the current collection of ‘elderly adventures’ will be complete.

Take care. Take it!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2008 1:13 am

    This is so effing rad!

    You’ve essentially captured what daydreams are made of in this piece!

    <3!

  2. August 1, 2008 10:36 am

    Thanks Nimit, I’m glad you like it.

    tangentially related: one the funniest reactions to my work was when this one elderly lady came up to it and then said, ‘ooooooh, imagination!’.

    perhaps her diet is lacking in that department?

  3. August 1, 2008 1:58 pm

    very nice work rey, love the tone, textures and linework!

  4. August 1, 2008 7:55 pm

    thanks dude, i’m glad to hear that you enjoy those elements of the piece, they are all things that i put a great deal of consideration into, haha!

  5. August 4, 2008 1:00 pm

    I love the concept of elderly adventures. Cool!

  6. August 4, 2008 1:46 pm

    thank you Kim, our aged friend still has a bit more adventuring to go!

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