Monday, January 10, 2011

Famous Fictional 2010

This years Famous Fictional show was the best so far. Lucky me that I got to be a part of it. Every year, while caught in one of those I-suck-and-I'm-never-going-to-make-it-as-an-artist moments, I get a little worried that the show will outgrow me and I won't be asked back. But, after a cup of very strong coffee I remember that I'm not so bad and all is well. Hey, self-loathing is a very important part of the process, right artists? RIGHT!?!? Right.

So for those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, Famous Fictional is an annual show put together by famed comic artist and illustrious illustrator, Dan Zettwoch. Each artist he invites must produce 2 pieces of art identical in size, illustrating different fictional characters. The theme changes every year. Last year it was Villans. One from pre-twentieth century literature and one from the movies.

I chose Jaws and Moby Dick.Who else? You all know how I feel about Sharks.
THIS YEAR the theme was Verses. One character from poetry and one from song.

Decisions, Decisions. I hate making them. And that's really what art making entails. A million decisions that have to be made.

For poetry, an easy fit for me was Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out. Garbage transplantation is by far my most despised household chore and I usually don't until it gets to the point where I can't open the lid without gagging. - okay, okay, until I can't walk through the front door without gagging.

For my song choice, again, I went back to my childhood. My mom will tell you that I was a bit of a morbid child. I was fascinated with death. And with humor. Put them both together in a song, and I'll be a fan forever. So, what else could I choose but that epic "song" about the old woman who swallowed the fly (and then everything else).

Now, what medium to use? The easy choice would be good ol' acrylic on canvas. But. If there's one thing I avoid as much as taking the garbage out, it's making ANYTHING easy on myself.

And so I decided to go with cut paper.

If this post is half as boring for you to read as it is for me to write, then you'll be relieved to know that I'm letting my cruddy photos do the rest of the talking.

Sarah Sylvia Synthia Stout.
You can make sense of that, right?

The Woman Who Swallowed it All

A crowd shot (Photo Credit goes to Bill Keaggy - if I remember correctly)

You can see everyone's stuff here: Famous Fictional Flickr

Questions? Comments? Post em here!


  1. Looks like it was a lot of work but you did a great job.

  2. That was dang interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to observe.