Wednesday, 18 July 2012

'John Steinbeck' illustration

'Cannery Row', 'Sweet Thursday', 'Tortilla Flats' and 'East of Eden'.  Yep John Steinbeck is my favourite author.  To be honest I'm surprised it took me this long to draw him but I did try earlier in the year but I wasn't very happy with the finished illustration.

This is from 'Travels with Charley - "When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch.  When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age.  In middle age I was assured greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job.  Nothing has worked.  Four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet tapping.  The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of the stomach high up under the rib cage.  In other words, once a bum always a bum".  

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