Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Swarr Family circa 1982-3

A couple weekends ago I went home to Pennsylvania to a little town where my parents now live called Mt. Gretna. It was to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of my parents!

As a gift, I did a painting but as if I travelled back in time to 1982 or 1983 (somewhere around there) and walked up to my house where I grew up, and did portrait of us: my Dad, my Mom, my brother Zach, and me holding our cat Junior.

My parents loved it and my friends and I knew that my Mom would cry when she saw it, because she's really sappy when it comes to stuff like this!

All the reference was attained from about 20+ photos taken during that yearand all the outfts are accurate and totally in there 1980's hideousness.

Here's my parents today holding their favorite anniversary present!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute family picture. I'd rather have you do my family portrait then going to Sears and waiting through a photo session.

Your dad looks like an awful lot like Popeye and you got the big glasses down pat, which were popular at the time (for some reason). Good work!

See you at Comic-Con!

6:10 AM  
Blogger The Swarrs... said...

favorite anniversary present? aside from all the alcohol they got, i think it was the only anniversary present! great pic though. ahh my abnormally large head...oh the memories...

I still think you should have had me eating the cat's food.


7:03 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

That's really, really cute!

8:32 AM  
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10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute man...great stuff...

1:48 PM  
Blogger Franfou said...

its always fun to see the primary sketches ! they are very cool !!

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome as always, Gabe.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Great job dude!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Stephen Worth said...

Nice picture. Nice family. Nice Gabe.

See ya

11:20 PM  
Blogger PotatoFarmGirl said...

cute! Your mom's red glasses are rad.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awesome gift!!! Great job on the painting, Gabe!!!
Yeah, okay, I cried! I cried hard!!!
Now I'm lookin' at our "AFTER" picture and I'm cryin' again....HARD!!!
I YI YI...don't even remember having the pic taken...must've been all that alcohol we received!

5:43 AM  
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9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Son, one of your finest works! I wish I still looked that good, Mom does. Only problem, Zach's pants aren't wet and when did the cat ever let you hold it.
Thanks SON,
love ya,

1:56 PM  
Blogger Mega said...

I love your moms glasses, so cool! great piece man, thanks for the inspiration to get my family illustration done!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha thats a sweet drawing man !!

11:59 PM  
Blogger Paco Sordo said...

What a great illustration!I just discovered your blog and I´ve just
become a fan.wow!

5:11 AM  
Blogger Edward S. Smith Jr. said...

Gaabe, you do nothing short of inspire. Both as an artist, and as a human being. I've worked tirelessly for the past few months, learning new and exciting things, trying so hard to refine my work as an artist and as a human being, just to come close to your greatness.
Coconut Fred totally rules! My daughter and I love it! Nothing beats Saturday mornings, with my little gril on my lap as we watch cartoons together. Thank you for your art, and for all of the great memories you've given both me and my daughter.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Enzo Avolio said...

Your work has a great sense of youth and fun to it.
Keep it up!

1:41 PM  
Blogger geenpool said...

you rock. Period. Well, i guess there were a few piriods in this sentence...so, i'll stop now.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Marc Deckter said...

What a thoughtful gift! I'm sure your parents love it.

Hey Gabe, here's that stop-motion video game short I was telling you about....

8:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

AWESOME design illo!! Love the sketches!

9:36 PM  
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