Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury's book "the martian chronicles": that was the kind of science fiction I loved when I was young. Unfortunately I lost the book; but last summer in London I retrieved a copy in a specialised bookstore.
When I read it, I remembered that in my schooldays me and my friends used to make random ballpoint scribbles in our schoolbooks. And we challenged each other to make some drawing out of it, something like "Europe after the rain" by Max Ernst.
After opening some dusty boxes I found this sketch back, dating from about '74 (bottom drawing).
For me this drawing is the visual representation of the world described in the "martian chronicles". And I could not resist redoing the drawing in my moleskine, 35 years later.


Pascal said...

you travel in time!
fantastic drawing and fantastic explanation!
and martian cronicles... what a book...
i remember that i was listening to "So" from peter gabriel while reading it.
it fits perfectly!
happy new year!

Rene Fijten said...

Thanks Pascal, happy new year for you too. Excellent record, "So". "big time" was my favourite, I feel it's still relevant in our times.

RobCarey said...

Awesome, Rene! I think I threw away most of my high school drawings- it was a teenage phase I was going through. I like both of these drawings- looks like something I would have drawn too.

Rene Fijten said...

Rob, I threw most of it away myself, but I kept some and forgot about it. When we moved last year I found them back, looking back they were not so bad after all.
My daughter even has one of those golden brown sketches hanging on the wall of her studentroom - makes you walk on air.

Nikira said...

Wow, I also loved Bradbury, translated in Russian, of course. My early teens I was famous at school for erotic drawings mostly.

Rene Fijten said...

Didn't know they were translated into Russian! Thanks for your visit. I was too much nurd to dare to make erotic drawings.