Monday, 12 November 2007
Here's something that's taken me quite a while to complete. In the December 2000 issue of Interzone magazine there was a short story called "Rude Elves and Dread Norse Reindeer" by Dominic Green. The story told of the adventures of a group of figments of the collective unconscious (including Santa, a Man in Black, Odin, Uncle Sam, and God) who are joined by a typical all American hick.
Shortly after reading this I started work on a painting based on part of the story. One incident has Santa (who's sleigh has recently been shot down by an F-15) strolling into a McDonalds with his new friend Norman only to find themselves being served by... God! I did an initial sketch and started working on it in Acrylics. At some point I got dissatisfied with the results and shelved it until I could work out what was going wrong. Almost seven years later I finally went back and finished it digitally. I'm not sure if it was worth the wait but here are the two versions anyway.