gonzocanuck (gonzocanuck) wrote,

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Belated Birthday Wishes

"Your basement sounds like a real treasure trove," my co-worker remarked to me one day after I told her about some of the oddball things in our basement. For the past few months I have been excavating cleaning out the basement. Calgary now has blue cart recycling, and there's nothing quite like seeing 65 dry gallons of cardboard and old magazines go out the door each week for several weeks. It's odd what people carry around, and I found some true gems, like old issues of the Utne Reader and Wired that make me nostalgic for the 90s. The time capsule effect was really unexpected.

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...
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