I’ve been dwelling on the past a lot lately. I’m generally not big on nostalgia, but all kinds of things are firing random memory triggers these days. Could be my age, could be this less-than-stellar summer I've been having.
When I was a little kid, I was obsessed with Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation™ shows. In grades 5 & 6 I lived quite close to my school, so while the other kids were stuck eating lunch in the classroom, I’d go home on school days and watch a different one each day: Thunderbirds
, Captain Scarlet
, Fireball XL-5
, and Stingray
,(The Thunderbirds were a group of vehicles operated by a team called International Rescue, each designed for different environments and situations. The ship featured in most of the promotional material was Thunderbird 2, a big green cargo carrier that was used to transport other, smaller vehicles, among other things. It could fly, or even operate as a submarine.)
Meanwhile back in the present day, I’ve been in the process of getting a new computer set up, sorting files, reworking my file structure. Which lead to my stumbling upon a photo of Thunderbird 2 the other night.
Which reminded me I still had an unfinished green background left over from Christmas, just crying out for some art on the surface.Even without the header photo on this post, I’m sure you can see where this is going.
What really struck me about this one was that for all my Thunderbirds obsession as a kid, I’m pretty sure I never tried my hand at drawing them. So file this one under “Labour of Love” alongside last year’s Star Wars
art show, Han Shot First
.Thunderbirds are GO.