July 10th, 2012

american gothic

Vern and Lettuce took a road trip to America and found it wasn't quite as rock 'n' roll as they thought it would be.

I had to draw this when I saw this fascinating photo of the two models for the famous painting posted on Retronaut:

The woman looks much more glam than she does in the painting, American Gothic by Grant Wood. Same tight mouth, though. The man looks exactly the same. I posted it on Facebook and my friend Alice wrote, 'I'll bet he never dared wear dungarees again'.

My dad's been sort of obsessed with this painting; he thought it summed up a certain American-style, salt-of-the-earth religious correctness but complete joylessness, and he was always doing his impression of it at dinner parties. I went to see the original painting in Chicago when I was sixteen. I was supposed to be looking at universities there, but I went to one and instantly disliked it, so I skived off and went to the art museum instead.

Here's the joyless picture I drew for my new Facebook profile photo. (Don't worry, you're not really missing anything over there.)

And my sister just posted this song of the day:

pickle rye gothic

Oh, go on then, one more Vern American Gothic picture (see last post). Sour-faced old sheep.

Vern thinks he's starting to get the hang of this America business. He'd love to get his book published there, too, but now even Americans are telling him that he comes across as too grumpy.