Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ignatius Reilly!!!!!

Recently, Steven Gettis of Digital Medusa asked me to submit a literary themed drawing. I feel really bad because he's already asked me twice before but i've just been so busy that I haven't had the chance to do a drawing for his site. Well, since I've wrapped on Wall-e and now have plenty of downtime, I decided to go ahead and draw one of my all time favorite literary characters from one of my all time favorite books: Ignatius Reilly from "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole.
The character is a behemoth of a man. He still lives with his mother and constantly writes manifestos about anything and everything on pads of paper in his room. The basic premise might sound lame but I guarantee, its a great read and there are moments in the book where Ignatius interacts with his mother or other characters that are just hilarious.

Toole describes Ignatius in the beginning of the book:
A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black mustache and, at their corners sand into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs.

Anyway,I'm a big fan of the site and I encourage everyone out there to check it out.... I'm sure you'll get a kick out of it!!


9 comments:

Skim said...

Really fantastic work!

JoR said...

like always sir...
your stuff is... lovely...
hahaha, and your survey is great! i cant vote, ( for me i'd vote Schlinder list theme ) but the result are curious , it's not a surprise...
When the next one?

Larry Levine said...

Beautiful expressive character drawing--the eye & body language brings his personality to life!!!

Have a great weekend.

Saul Ruiz said...

Hello Chris,
This is an awesome drawing! You captured Ignatius really well. The books history is pretty sad but i am glad that the story and character of Ignatius lives on. Wonderful work as usual.

Saul Ruiz

bjarkirafn said...

Like always, brilliant work, Chris! The grungy lines have bring so much life to your drawing, it's almost like he it's moving!
cheers, mate!

Alina Chau said...

Beautiful!!

JoeyCee said...

dude thats him!...great stuff lemme look over yer blog some more.

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