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Aside from Hamlet, we have produced a (small) number of works of art using the casts from other works of literature and drama. These are a lot of fun to do, but somewhat time-consuming and the inspiration has to be right.

These works tend to be drawn on cardstock or occasionally bristol, usually with a technical pen. The coloring is done on the computer box.


I suspect these are all for sale at the Never Knows store.



Uncle Vanya

The cast to Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.


In A Grove (Rashomon)

The cast to Ryunosuke Akutagawa's In A Grove, from the Rashomon collection of stories, and the basis for Akira Kurosawa's film, Rashomon.


Waiting for Godot

The cast to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
There is also a much larger Waiting For Godot comic-mashup project called Waiting for Superman that I did in Spring 2010 as part of a lecture on comics, literature, and adaptation, which can be viewed by Clicking Here.


Things That Scared Me, 1984-1997

Things That Scared Me, 1984-1997.
This was produced specifically to be a large print and is a collection of villains from movies, fiction, and folklore. Some of them are generic archtypes, some are quite specific.


P. Calavara does Josef Lada's version
of Hašek's Good Soldier Švejk #1-3

P. Calavara does Josef Lada's version of Hašek's Good Soldier Švejk #1-3.
In Prague a couple of years back I came across and purchased a couple of small cheap prints by Josef Lada. I looked him up when I got home and discovered that he was most famous for illustrating Jaroslav Hašek's famous anti-war novel, The Good Soldier Švejk. I eventually got a copy of the book (750 pages plus lengthy intro/bio) and, on the last day of reading it, decided to do some drawings of Šjevk in the style of Lada. Lada's design and drawings of the Good Soldier are indelibly linked to him and it felt like it would have been fallacy to try to draw him in any other style. Nonetheless the novel had a profound effect upon me and I wanted to commemorate that somehow. So there you go. These drawings were done on 11x14 bristol with ink and inkwash. I scanned the original drawings I based them upon from the book and those images are included below.




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