Wednesday, July 8, 2009
A Pinch Of Basil
If find yourself in New York, through fault of residing here, visiting as an annoying tourist, or took a wrong turn in Connecticut somewhere, I highly recommend popping into Gladstone Gallery to view the Basil Wolverton exhibit currently on display. Within, the walls are filled with a plethora of Wolverton goodness, rather a quite extensive and impressive collection. Let's say it made me hungry to create. Inspired by the man's work, I present Chester Cheswad. Cheswad was a character I created one night at the ripe age of 16 or so. Unfortunately, the Ches-man met an unfortunate end when a cupcake, frosting side down and aided by gravity, plopped upon the colored pencil rendering during a fateful lunch in high school. I was fairly upset at his demise, so much so, that a post-mortem ode was even written by a friend to commemorate the brief existence of the goofy character. But now he's back in a failed crosshatching and stippling attempt in emulation of Wolverton. Might try a few more....