Zachary, the son of my friends, Lenesa and Frank, worked with earthmoving and construction equipment and when he and Lizzie got married the theme of the rehearsal dinner was
Constructing a life together-all the flowers,Sunflowers and Batchelor buttons sat in toy trucks and bulldozers. It was gorgeous. That got me thinking.
Then in the aisles of the toy store I was struck by the beauty of the cars and trucks-the detail, the colors, they were entrancing. the dolls kind of creeped me out with their glassy stares but the trucks grabbed my interest and what else could I do but draw?
I raided the toy box for more models. Each of these fills a whole 18 by 24 inch paper. The boldness and simplicity gave me a rest from my obsessive texture and detail.
I had to give Sanitation a background so he'd stand out against the white paper. This one may be my favorite--what would we do without him?
"Back 'er up, Joe,"
They were always named Joe.
Thank you, Boys, for the inspiration and the fun. I named this series Big Boy.