A voice from above, sugar-coated with love, said: “let us begin.”
A private commission reworking of ‘Chomsky can blast it out at will’
Cover illustration for Marietta Magazine: Fall 2019.
Big thanks to GI Smith.
A picture of John Butler—in ink, pencil, graphite & gel pen.
“When I was 12 I wanted to be a real man: an old man with a beard, sitting at a table with a huge book full of wisdom. And what did society hold up to me for my admiration? A golfer, a boxer, a man who ran quickly, a soldier, a lawyer, a tycoon, a motorist, a pop star, a footballer. Into what kind of madhouse had I been born? And what have I become? A child, witlessly pouring out whatever enters my head. I am a madman and people gather to watch me make a fool of myself. I am not a role model. This is my protection and my security. I still long for the table and the book. The smell of an old man and an old book. The afternoon light fading.”
Ivor Cutler — ‘A Real Man’.
I don’t know what it is about bald men with worried faces. But they’re always so good to draw. I saw this guy speaking on the BBC News (I think he’s a Royal correspondence or something) and I knew I had to draw him. Luckily I got a few shots to work from while he was speaking.