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The Coming Of The Great White Hunters

April 20, 2011

Hi all — after being harassed and stalked by Andy Mason, I thought it time to to add  something to this blog and this awesome project.

Here are some preparatory and concept sketches for my contribution to the Comix project.

It all started with this sketch that I doodled at the end of January and quickly coloured up in photoshop.

I called it “The Coming of the Great White Hunters”… and it was for me a creative experiment that combined a homage to some of the old “Lost World” comic stories and visualy playing with an alternative vision of South Africa’s colonial “frontier” of the late 1800’s. The idea of combining images of our colonial past… with a world where dinosaurs roam… and then comes the arrival of white settlers with large and powerful firearms, who come to hunt these magnificent beasts virtually to extinction. The arrival of these “Great White Hunters” is the harbinger of an ecological and human tragedy in an alternative world… that parallels the mess left behind by colonialism, that we are just too familiar with.

 The idea took root and wouldn’t let go… and is slowly (some would say too slowly) developing into a series of 6 or 8 pen and ink and watercolour pieces that combine action, comic narrative and the stilted, posed images of early photography… below some of the sketches as I go along groping for the final images and an execution style I’ll be happy with.

When dinosaur hunting… make sure to bring a big gun…and a big moustache…

Crossing the plains of Camdeboo…

Where the diplodocus roam…

A pissed-off charging T-Rex is a dangerous thing indeed…

We don’t need no stinking guns to hunt dinosaurs…

Colonel Edwina Warrington of The Queen’s Own Frontier Light Horse Brigade…

Ok, that’s all for now… yes, I promise to post more in future as I go along.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Andy Mason permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:37 pm

    Success at last! My pursuit of the Lesser-blogging Ricodopulus was long, arduous and intense. I stalked him… I badgered him… I smsssed him… I miscalled him at unearthly hours… and eventually, just to be rid of the pesky white hunter, he finally posted! Very exciting to at last witness the coming of The Coming of the Great white Hunter… can’t wait to see more.

  2. April 20, 2011 4:33 pm

    Great idea Rico. If you decide to make toy-trophies I’d cash out.

  3. April 21, 2011 8:05 am

    Hey, that looks familiar! Reminds me of a certain fight somewhere in January 🙂 I love the story! And great sketches 🙂

  4. May 3, 2011 10:46 am

    Love the idea … we should collaborate on some toys. I have dino patterns ….

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