|5in x 7in / Inks on Bristol / 2013-2014|
I've wanted to draw a portrait of Ryan since he first passed away little over two years ago but I probably wasn't ready. I wanted the picture to be fun and capture his spirit- I wanted it to be something he would like. Ryan turned me onto comics, music, cult movies and all sorts of pop culture consumption which kept us up many a night through hazes of smoke, drink and unforgettable laughter. You can spot references to Mystery Science Theater 3000, Yellow Submarine and Donovan's Mellow Yellow Album in the illustration. I felt my buddy laughing while I was sketching psilocybin mushrooms in a portrait for his parents where Alfred E Neuman's brains were exploding out of a mug of beer! I could see him grinning ear-to-ear when I gave it to them. Good thing they had a son like Ryan who was very open about his idea of a good time and never held back from anyone. He was fearless and I cherish the memories I have of him standing on top of the world with me.