Thursday, January 21, 2010

Illustration Friday: Wilderness


How could I resist dedicating this post to one of my heroes Dick Proenekke, solo star of the documentary "Alone in The Wilderness"? If you've never watched the series, grab yourself a warm beverage and go here now to be introduced.

The first time I watched the series my hubby and I had turned on the tv one boring evening (back when we had those sort of evenings) and there he was. His voiced over narration was so soft and drone-like I had unpleasant flashbacks to those science filmstrips we had to watch before the world was blessed with VHS.


A few minutes into "Alone…" though, we were both riveted with the story of this man's chosen life in the woods. I was awestruck with his bravery, resourcefulness, and creativity. And talk about the ultimate off the grid do it your selfer. Wow - so impressive.
This guy was magic: turning tin cans into door hinges, whiting his own spoons, hunting his own food, making a canoe out of a tree. All in a days work for Mr. Proenneke. In addition to all that he had the foresight to create a wonderful piece of 'reality tv' decades before anyone else.

So there you have it! My inspiration for this sketch was based on this great photo. Don't you love his cap?

10 comments:

tanaudel said...

Beautiful design! The tone/line combination is gorgeous, as is the hint of texture.

Vhrsti said...

Cool blog! Love your simply perfect design!

hollander said...

Great stuff! Your other design work is terrific as well.

happychinchilla said...

Wonderful illustration, the shades and the line are great.

Rekoj said...

Love the textures you used - the contrast between the pine border and the swirly logs!

dthaase said...

great line work

Gwen said...

I love this illo! Also love the show...

I also love how often you are posting to your blog. I may get inspired!!

Librarian Girl said...

YAY DICK!

(Well, you know what i mean).

Crafty Jenny said...

Another rockin' illo!

xenos said...

ok, dig the illustration and everything, but i think i am diggin the link even more. thanks for it!