It's a sad fact that we never look at 80% of any information we store again, which was the problem with our basement. And I couldn't find the important stuff, such as this picture I'm going to share with you.
I drew it in Grade 12, which for me was 1994-1995. I didn't have a camera that could take a decent photo of it because of the huge size and the fact that it was tucked away for many years. In some ways I have to roll my eyes at the fan worship, and I`m not sure just why I included a Canadian flag :-D But it is what it is - an honest expression of a teenager who loved the writing of Hunter S. Thompson. And I worked from the itty bitty portrait on the cover of Songs of the Doomed no less! I had such a fun time making the picture - the idea was to build a drawing around photo or photocopy transfers, and in a poorly ventilated art room, the xylene gel gave me the giggles. Everything was funny!
As I got to thinking about the picture, I realized what a great birthday entry it would make, but could I find it in time? Argh! Yes and no. As I re-organized all my drawings it kept evading me. This fall I am finally going to finish first year at the Alberta College of Art and Design. It's been a slow go taking credits over the past 7 years - but one that has finally paid off. Maybe more informed, less fannish portraits of Hunter S. Thompson will be something I visit again in the future. We`ll see...