To me Popeye was an odd cartoon that popped up on Saturday morning on Swap Shop, I didn’t really start appreciating it until it appeared on Rolf’s Cartoon Club. So, this famous Sailor Man was pretty low on my list of characters to draw.
Art or Swipe?
Until I learned about Jeff Koons Popeye Statue that sold for $28.2 million which turned out to be scaled up lift of a Dark Horse Popeye toy – just scaled up. While we can argue is it art or a swipe until the Cows come home the result is Jeff Koons did nothing more than Andy Warhol did with a can of soup. And just like Andy Warhol, Mr Koons employs artists to do his work for him, as he takes credit. It is an odd… odd world…
I think the article subliminally planted the idea to draw Popeye in my head, so while I counted the time spent at the St Paul’s Spring Fling Show I drew and inked a Popeye. Today I finished the illustration with watercolors. Maybe I will get lucky and pull a Koons size price tag for it?
Penciled on Canson Watercolor paper, inked with Faber-castel pens and rough colored with Faber-castel watercolor pencils. Final coloring was the watercolor pencils blended.