In 2008 I created my first fictional family colored pencil portraits with the hopes of getting into Gallery 1988's Crazy 4 Cult art show (a process I detailed in this post.) At the time I would never have guessed I'd still be making them five years later, but I recently created a dozen more for a two-man art show at Gallery 1988, Venice Beach which is still going on until June 2nd. The show got a really nice review on Glasstire, and some great coverage on Huffington Post and Slashfilm! But in an effort to save you a trip to the West Coast I've conveniently posted images of all the artwork just a few inches below this paragraph. Scroll down (if it isn't too much trouble) and you may take a look at these "love notes" to some of my favorite productions put to film. Make sure to click to see them much bigger. (Some originals and prints are still available here. My previous portraits can all be seen here.)
Title: The Whites
I think the concept is at its best when the entire family is at the core of the story. In the case of Breaking Bad, everything is done in the name of family which ironically, destroys the family.
Title: The Drapers
While researching 1960s portraits I found a number of them with the family posed in this double column arrangement. Funny how today's forced informal arrangements appear even less natural than this.
Title: The Buxtons
Years ago I realized that I owned a souvenir wallet very similar to the one the Pee-Wee has in "Big Adventure" so I thought I'd use it as a springboard for this wallet size format. To give it that extra spilled-wallet-ness I designed two fake business cards for Pee-Wee's favorite establishments. The Buxton men are among my favorite minor characters ever, I wish they had their own movie.
"Err.. fruit please."
I can't even guesstimate how many time I've quoted those lines.
Title: The Buellers
This is one that I've intended to do since the very beginning but somehow put it off until now. This is easily one of the most influential movies of my youth.
Title: The Bluths
"Where is George Senior?" is the official FAQ of this whole project. Answer: He's in prison or in hiding. So why not Oscar then? Because no.
Title: Mister St. Clair
I decided to break the family mold for this one, I figure Corky has enough charisma to be the star attraction (plus his wife never seems to be around.) I've seen a lot of this type of photo, especially involving dancers, and they always crack me up. The fairy-like floating self reminds me of the proverbial angel or devil on your shoulder, either that or an "I'd rather be..." fantasy thought bubble. Plus I couldn't resist finally using the casual ladder prop.
When it comes to likenesses it's amazing what a somewhat misplaced feature or two can do, not to mention some amateurish hard lines. The "afters" are still far from great, but the process was quite cleansing. Maybe next year I'll pull it out again and add in Jar-Jar Binks.(As I said before some originals and prints from this show are available here.)