Monday, July 16, 2012

I is for Ignatius

Ignatius J. Reilly, that is, hero/antihero of the hilarious A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Ignatius is insanely self-righteous, dishonest, filthy, impatient, gluttonous, egomaniacal, loud and lazy. And he's even mean to his mother. And yet, he possesses such a singular personality and voice (something like a cross between Don Quixote and Gargantua) that he manages to win a surprising amount of sympathy as he attempts to reconfigure the world according to his own peculiar standards. Long may he wield the avenging sword of taste & decency! Acrylic on text scanned from a Grove Press paperback, ~6"x 8.5"

6 comments:

  1. I am loving this series. I especially notice the details and the letter which you use as a detail design for an object. This is just so wonderful. These is the type of art I love. So many subtleties, like a secret code. Those eyes again! Every new letter becomes my favorite.

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  2. Are you planning to get the series published?

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  3. Yet another amazing piece! Loving his wild eyes. And the text that goes with it. So funny! You´re a genius! :-)

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  4. Awesome!! I'm mesmerized by his eyes! He looks absolutely manic! From your illustration and the text within it, I really want to read this book!

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  5. I've been meaning for a while to drop by and say this is an excellent image—really captures the quixotic fervor of Mr. Reilly.

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