Sorry for the long introduction but, I recently rediscovered some old drawings I made back in 2007 and I thought that I’d re-make at least one of them in my current art style.
Today’s painting is based on an illustration I made to a ( badly-written and thankfully unpublished) “Richs and Coates” story I wrote called “The Case Of The Sandown Gamblers” – which involved Richs and Coates solving a very contrived mystery on the Isle Of Wight.
The illustration is from this part of the story (complete with the original tense and grammar errors) where Coates strikes it rich:
“My next memory is of waking up behind the sand mound in the afternoon, unsure as to whether I’d fallen asleep or fainted from sheer exhaustion. As I opened my eyes, I saw Coates standing over me. Instead of his usual jeans and dark t-shirt, he was wearing a rather impressive suit. A cigarillo extended from one corner of his mouth and he puffed on it while talking to me in relaxed tones:
“Larry, you look terrible, glad to see that you survived last night’s ordeal though.”
“More importantly, did the police get Ebenezer?”
Coates shook his head as he helped me to my feet, I brushed the sand from my jacket and stared again at his smart clothes. Chuckling, he continued:
“Oh, these? Let’s just say that I was one of the casino’s first customer’s this morning after the police left.”
Like with all of these redrawings, I’ll include the original badly-drawn illustration from 2007 for comparison too.
As usual, both of these pictures are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.
And here’s the hilariously terrible original drawing from 2007 (Wow! The perspective is terrible!):