February 29, 2012Woke up this morning and it was a tad nippy for Arizona (low fifties) so started a fire in my Big Bug Creek studio stove and hunkered down to noodle some sketches for Paul Hutton's centennial piece wherein he makes a case for the roadrunner being a perfect mascot and metaphor for New Mexico. Actually, he contrasts and compares, what he calls, "The Badass Roadrunner" and Chuck Jone's famous roadrunner (Beep! Beep!). Here's a quick sketch and layout I did last night before I went home:
This was utilizing a famous photo of a new Mexico church with three young girls standing in front and in the sky would be a Roadrunner grasping a rattlesnake. From here I married an old post card of one of the pueblos with our big, bad friend:
Unfortunately, that long tail comes off more as a spray than a tuft of long feathers, but that can be fixed.
"Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don't know how far we can go."