Monday, July 23, 2007

I know You Are But What Am I?

Here's my one contribution to the Crazy 4 Cult Show at Gallery 1988:

"I know you are but what am I?"
Acrylic on Illustration Board

I picked one of my all-time favorite movies, Pee Wee's Big Adventure. I knew that someone was going to do a piece about Pee Wee's "troubles" with the law. I never really agreed with the rep that Paul Reubens got after all that, so I decided to do a straight homage to the movie.

But, I love Francis (Mark Holton). I think he is the unsung hero of Pee Wee's Big Adventure. He was just a spoiled rich kid who was so dumb that it never occured to him to hire someone to make a Pee Wee bike for himself. I guess nothing can be as good as the original...

Don't forget that Phil Hartman had a cameo in the movie, but more impotantly wrote it with Paul Reubens.
Maybe next year I'll do a Big Lebowski piece...


Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Gabe, this is fantastic! Really great designs and paint. This is definitely one of the stand-outs from the show (even though I only saw the show online). So tubular!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We loved that piece you did. We saw it from across the room and said Gabe did that one!

That was a favorite movie of my brother and I when we younger.

Sorry I missed you at the Crazy4Cult show. I hope to see you at the Comic-Con on Friday. :)

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>sigh< I really miss my unitard Pee Wee PJs with the white clogs attached and printed too look like his suit.

"Au revoir, Pee Wee. Au revoir"

"Ovwa, Simone"

7:08 AM  
Blogger Lamar The Revenger said...

finally a new post. Our child will get to experience the magic of pee-wee. i don't care what the wife says. ARRRRRR!!!!!!

9:22 AM  
Blogger the chung said...

this is a great piece gabe! so do you do a color comp on the 'puter before you paint it? or was that for prints?

7:20 PM  
Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Great piece! That's one of my favorite movies too. Pee Wee rules!

4:16 PM  
Blogger JustMe said...

What a great homage to the movie! I love this. And I totally agree, Francis was the PERFECT foil for Pee Wee!! I love the scene where they fight in the huge bathtub, and I dig how you drew their faces!

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!!!!! Great job, Gabe!!!!
I can still see you and ZeeWee doing the "PeeWee dance" to Tequila!!! HA!!!
Great time!!! Thanks for the memories, Gip!!!
I love you!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Andy J Smith illustration said...

Dude, that made me laugh out loud and spit my coffee all over the screen - nice work! FRAN-CISSS! This rocks and can tell you had a lot of fun with it! I think I may need to find or make myself an 'FB' shirt like the one Mr. Buxton adorns himself in. That umm, jumpsuit outfit isn't too shabby either!

4:45 AM  
Blogger Matthew Luxich said...

this is truely fantastic... i have seen many peep wee herman illustrations but never one of Francis... excellent!

Is this going to eventually turn into a print form the show?


8:01 AM  
Blogger :: smo :: said...

FRANCIS: "are you trying to make a monkey out of me?!"

PEE WEE: "i don't make monkeys...I JUST TRAIN EM!"

you just went off the chartts on the awesome-o-meter!

10:40 PM  
Blogger :: smo :: said...

just an aside...

i always loved the matching embroidered jumpsuits francis and his dad wore. that's how i envision rich people dressing about the house to this day.

wasn't mark holton also in teen wolf? that could be a fun piece too!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Marlo said...

haha great work!

5:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A beauty!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is so awesome! You've captured their personality perfectly!

4:05 PM  
Blogger warren said...

...i want one...

9:35 PM  
Blogger Joseph David said...

kudos, great design elements.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Stanley Thunderbeard said...

Wow... that fantastic. I want me a big red bike now.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Wood said...

Holy crap, this rules in every way. That Fran-ciss is awesome!

12:14 AM  
Blogger Matt Tamaru said...

I love this film. This is a great take Gabe! I get me to wanna start painting again!

6:04 PM  
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