Sunday, July 22, 2012
Woody and Buzz watercolour
I painted this a few months ago for a very poorly little boy who loves Toy Story. His favourite character is Woody, and his twin brother's is Buzz. The final version included both of their names side by side on the soles of the character's touching feet. I didn't think it was appropriate to post that version online but it does add some context to the poses if you visualise it.
As cheesy as it sounds, the original Toy Story means a lot to me. Along with it's influence on my artistic development (which you can read about here), I used to watch it with my little brother when he was a toddler and the soundtrack as much as the visuals bring back a lot of great memories of time spent with him. Now thirteen years later I plan on watching it all over again with my own little boy.
I can't imagine how it must feel to watch your child suffer and not be able to do anything to help, and that's what made this so heartbreaking to paint as a new parent myself. Toy Story also has a pretty emotional soundtrack, unfortunately listening to it while trying to paint wasn't very productive - it was hard to see the details through teary eyes.