Back in 1995 when I was about to become a Freshman in high school, the movie Tank Girl came out. Not having read the comics I went into watching it with a clear mind and although some didn’t like it, I loved it! I know, I know I obsess over 90’s nostalgia from my teen years but this film had a little bit of so many things I love and well it still does.
From the raddest soundtrack (which was compiled by Courtney Love) to the campy fun of surviving the apocalypse (in 2033) while also befriending Mutant Kangaroos aka Rippers (one played by Doug Jones whom we all know I adore) to fighting off Malcom McDowell as the evil villain… I mean it really is my apocalyptic dream come true. It also made me discover the incredible artwork of Jamie Hewlett that created the characters that the movie was inspired by.
However the part I love most about Tank Girl is Rebecca Buck aka Tank Girl herself played by the wild and wonderful Lori Petty! I don’t know what I love more..her hilarious smart ass remarks, her I will kick your ass, can and will attitude or her incredible collection of thrown together outfits and hair styles that change every time she appears in the movie. So I decided to take all those things I love about her character and wrap them into one art piece. I guess you can say 2020 also inspired me as the perfect time to knock this one off my art bucket list. I call it “2 Dollars And 15 Cents”….
This art piece was done in pencil, charcoal, colored pencil and chalk pastels. My dream now is to one day meet Lori and be able to gift it to her.
Are you a fan of Tank Girl the movie and comics? Then pick yourself up a print of this art piece or even a custom made to order t-shirt in my Amazon shop. Prints will soon be available at Closet Collectibles in Crete IL one I do a restock and drop off. Be sure to also see more of my portrait work in the Spitting Image section of my Portfolio site!
Even though Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman cancelled his appearance for Horrorhound we still made the trip to Indy this weekend. It was a nice little getaway for Frank and I to be in our element of horror and we had already purchased our weekend passes and booked our room. The guest list also kept growing including a few celebs I had wanted to gift my art to.
Here are a few highlight moments from the weekend…
This moment of meeting Doug Jones was worth every single wrinkle I had to draw on the Baron’s face ha ha. He has got to be one of the kindest souls we have ever met. He was so fun to talk to and he remembered seeing my Night On the Town art piece online. He even did a Baron impression when I gave it to him. He was so appreciative that he got to keep it and kept giving us thank you hugs. If you get the opportunity to meet him don’t pass it up. He really loves his fans and takes the time with everyone he meets. This photo really sums up how great it was to meet him….
I was reunited with my idol. That’s right Elvira was at the convention and this was the 3rd time I have met her but this time I got to meet her as Cassandra! Which I found to be appropriate for gifting her my Yours Cruelly portrait. I have always found her to be so beautiful in character and out of character. That is why the inspiration behind the piece was Cassandra as herself and then her transformation as Elvira. When I gave it to her she told me I was very talented and when I showed her the photo of us from 2008 with my SINderella portrait she actually remembered me giving it to her.
When I found out that Kristy Swanson was added to the guest list I was stoked. As you all know I recently finished my art piece called The Chosen One. As someone who is a supporter of originals over remakes I will always back up the statement that Kristy is the real Buffy. I have been a fan of the movie and the cast all these years. I even had to make it a point to rock my Buffy ’92 tee which she and so many other attendees had never seen and absolutely loved. But she seemed to be even more impressed with my drawing and kept hugging me and saying how talented and sweet I was for making it for her. I showed her how the split face vision works by putting your hand over one side of the face at a time and she was in awe. Even more so that she got to keep it. Not many celebs gift back so I always like to give them a shout out when they do. As a thank you Kristy signed and gave me a free 8×10 Buffy and Pike picture made out to Frank and I.
Some more celeb related highlights included sharing an elevator ride with Tobin Bell aka Jigsaw from the Saw films, getting to see another Henry Rollins show in the 3rd row and meeting Robin Tunney from The Craft and Empire Records which are also two more of my favorite 90s films.
As I post this High On The Hog photo I would like to say that Sid has been on our mind all weekend long. Yes we made the most of our time having fun at the convention but our minds were also elsewhere at the same time. As we were on our way to Indy we got a message that Sid was put in ICU and Suzie was asking that everyone please pray for him. We have been sending positive healing vibes into the universe ever since. So no matter what higher being you believe in please do the same. As you know I have become close to Sid over the years. What started as a fan/celeb moment when I first met him in 2004 has turned into a friendship that I never expected to grow over the years. I find myself very lucky and grateful to be able to say that. Yes he is an amazing actor and his career is what I have to thank for bringing him and Suzie into our lives but he is so much more than that. At times he has been like a Grandfather figure in my life with his advice, stories and always believing in my talents. And even though we may not talk everyday we always play catch up when he is in town and those moments are ones I really cherish. He is an all around good hearted person and one helluva a fighter but he needs us all right now. So please send those healing vibes and prayers his way!
I just finished another split face portrait and just in the nick of time. See I have always wanted to draw Doug Jones but he has portrayed so many incredible characters I never could decide which one I wanted to draw. His ability to emerge himself into the makeup and transform himself into whatever character he plays not only blows my mind but is really inspiring. He is not your typical actor playing a role, he is the role.
When he appeared on the TV adaptation of my favorite show What We Do In The Shadows as Baron Afanas I knew this was the character I wanted to create on paper. The Baron makes you fear him, love him, laugh with him and mourn for him. He also has a lot of wrinkles and I knew this would not just be a typical portrait but would give me a challenge. I also thought I had time to draw him and then I heard he was added as a guest to a convention we will be attending. I got so excited to meet him that of corpse my drawing hands went to work!
I completed the art piece just in time to gift it to him this weekend. I call it “Night On The Town”
If you too are a fan of Doug Jones and the Baron make sure to keep an eye out in my Amazon shop for prints and wearable art shirts! If you want to see more of my portrait work, be sure to visit the Spitting Image section of my portfolio site!