illustration friday: fat

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Wed 10 May 2006 10:30 am

fat don't like you

I’d like to take this opportunity to say that my style is kinda phat, reminiscent of a whale, but referencing an early-90’s song that uses the word “phat” would demonstrate that my ass is kinda old, reminiscent of a raisin.

The other thing I was gonna draw for this was a scene from a Green Day concert I attended. This was in 1995, just after Dookie got big. So the friends I was with were definitely not punk rockers and neither was anyone else in the audience except two girls behind us. You could tell they were for real because they sang along with “Tainted Love” when it came on the PA during the pre-show. Anyway, once the moshpit had gotten nice and established, Green Day had this fat guy from the audience jump off the stage for crowd-surfing. It wasn’t just the guy doing it, the band was playing along with it, they made a point of doing this stunt. These may not have been punk rockers in the audience but Green Day were definitely still punk. So the guy jumped… and wow. That crowd parted like it was the Red Sea. Total dispersal. Bellyflop. Whap.

The guy didn’t go home in a stretcher or anything, so I assume things were generally ok.

Anyway, I would have drawn that, but that also would have demonstrated that my ass is kinda old, reminiscent of a raisin.

Illustration Friday is pretty now, but I’m not sure I like the changes. They seem to make things more hierarchical, and the prime virtue of the site (in my mind) is that it’s so egalitarian. That “featured artist” bit may not be a contest, but it kind of looks like one, nothing against Roz Foster or anything. I like drawing communities. I hate art contests. We’ll see how things work out.

10 Comments »

  1. Comment by Luis américo — May 10, 2006 at 10:39 am

    great illo, man.
    i love colors, perspective and style.
    congratulations!
    🙂

  2. Comment by Jo — May 10, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    Your illo is great. I admit that I’m intimidated about the new site as a rank amateur; and not a punk but would have sang to tainited love.

  3. Comment by Steam — May 10, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    Very cool. Nicely done, great colors, and slick style. Bravo you!

  4. Comment by Princess Pepper Cloud — May 10, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    great title for the piece, by the way. Great attitude on all of the charecters!
    Yeah, I saw Green Day at the Fillmore(West), awesome show, small venue.. I’m not too into the large statdium concert thing.. guess I am old as a dried up grape too.

  5. Comment by Natali — May 10, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    This is a great illo, love the composition and colors are fantastic.

  6. Comment by Pickledog — May 10, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    Great style. Great illo. Especially the angry cat.

  7. Comment by Derek — May 11, 2006 at 6:44 am

    That’s awesome. The cat totally kicks ass.

  8. Comment by moverlow — May 11, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    What a rich illustration. I really love your work. You’ll be my screen background for the week! Congratulations!

  9. Comment by Lucrezia — May 11, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    As an illustration and IF newbie, I’m really pleased to see work like yours on the site – love the color and composition!

  10. Comment by Marion — May 12, 2006 at 5:06 am

    Great illo!

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