Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flynn Flam

This is a character for a new promotional piece I'm working on at the moment. Eventually, it will be a very brief fairytale about the difficulties of freelance work (all very tongue in cheek, of course). This character is named Flynn Flam. He's a carnival caller and con artist.

It was brought to my attention recently that rams/goats/satyrs have been showing up a lot in my work. It's true, but this is partially coincidence. The rest has to do with a fascination I've always had with the faun/satyr character. I believe it started out as a pagan symbol and was eventually co-opted and then demonized by religions like Catholicism (this is hardly a scholarly postulation, so feel free to weigh in if you so desire). Initially, however, this figure was hedonistic and more of a celebration of life.

In this particular instance, I'm tapping into the bawdy and also mischievous characteristics of the archetype for plot purposes. This is an exciting piece because I've begun to us gouache again, only this time I'm mixing it with watercolor. It creates a much more vibrant and solid field of color. I love it and can't wait to push it further.

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