To develop an illustration for these brave and breve new works, I’ve reached far back to the 1970s when life was simpler – especially for men in power. I guess it was easier for women in some ways. For one thing, there wasn’t as much time spent on ladyscaping. I know this because the 70s was also the era of my first studies of illustrations found in a box in a hay loft in northern New Hampshire. I “read the articles” as well, but the late 1960s Erich Sokol illustrations impressed; who knew Santa had time to bed hop on his rounds?
For the piece “The Possum and the Professor“, our professor, I developed as the hybrid of all naughty college instructors, a few neighbors, late 1970 – to early 1990s celebrities and even some of our own family members. By our, I mean I’ve looked at some of Harrison’s family pics and the mustached, fast men of my own family require no printed reminders. Additionally, I remain a Sutherland/Selleck fan knowing nothing of their behavior throughout the past four decades. Last? Sara, smile, uncay?
Speaking of four decades and those with that much life experience, the good Doctor Harrison Scott Key, he’s acquired a new square space. I like it because it’s another place on the internet (beyond the Big Chief Tablet) where one can marvel – in the way of gaping in the presence of meteorological phenomena – at the Key universe.
I barely noticed that he’s obliterated my illustrative depiction of his home town middle school mates with his professional accolades.
These literary feats will continue to reach mammoth proportions when Harper Collins publishes Key’s big book about a large man (coming out in May 2015) which will be (naturally) epic.
You can make the next few months of your life more relevant and satisfactory by pre-ordering now.