Jim Paillot
August 2011
Backyard Bar-B-Q
Final size is 10x10. Watercolor.

You want to know who gets along with everyone? Mr. Rogers. He's got on a sweater, comfortable shoes and a snappy haircut. Mr. Rogers did his best to teach us how to be nice to each other. I miss Mr. Rogers.

There has been a disturbing trend in the last few years to organize neighborhood fights. The fights usually happen at a predetermined park or backyard. Bring some beer, chips, the in-laws and the kids and if it all goes down as planned then it gets posted on YouTube. It's just like the movie, Fight Club, but without the payroll, insurance, clever dialogue or pesky rehearsal time. This is real stuff.

I have been working on a series of personal pieces and this piece, "Backyard Bar-B-Q" explores that topic.
Here are three color sketches I did before the final. My original plan was to go mondo color on this one but I changed my mind and went with a more limited palette.

They dressed "fight casual" for the festivities.

When Bunnies Turn Bad
This is book 7 of the Grubtown Tales series by Philip Ardagh.

Grubtown is being overrun by bunnies! Hoards of fluffy, pink nosed, moist eyed bunnies. Everyone loves bunnies, right? But when a marauding gang of bunnies knocks down the town library something must be done. Jilly Cheeter and Mango Claptrap are on the case. Where did the bunnies come from? How does a monkey fit into this mystery? Please note: there is a special appearance by Rumpus Corncrake, the Sun-Ripe Raisin Man.
All of the interior artwork was created using pencil. Each pencil was hand carved and polished in Burma and carried directly to me by a trio of thickly muscled, tattooed men. One man carried the pencil and the other two men guarded the pencil carrier.

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