A BIG UPDATE:Pink 'Pinky' 50's Convertible (Fan spectulated to be: 1955 Crown Victoria)
This one is handled a bit differently then the others. Pinky actually has a small story that's going to be told through several pictures and their discription, so enjoy or not. I just cant- I just can't- I just can't seem to get started
Don't have the heart to live in the fast lane
All that is past and gone
(gonna hold of linking to the vid till the end, for emotional sake I think it'll be better)
Submitted due to popular demand, I bring you the first part of Pinky the Convertible's past. This is at least MY interpretation of what her past may have been like. Unlike the Surfer Woodie and the Superbird who had quite a few lyrics which were quite descriptive as well as following a very stereotypical lifestyle to boot, Pinky has maybe 20-30 seconds of screen time and only a few vague lyrics. The most we learn is that she's unable to start anymore and doesn't or can't muster the heart to live in the fast-lane.
Before going into the picture really, to put my own analysis in here. The whole bit about the fast-lane I believe is due to her being a car from the 50s. Back in the 50s the world was a lot calmer and slower then today. Gas was cheap, cars were made luxuriously, so families would go out and cruise just for the fun of doing so. However these days of course people drive to get things done and go to and from work, its all very time sensitive and hurried. I believe this is what she 'doesn't have the heart' for.
OH, and before I forget, Pinky is fan speculated to be a 1955 Crown Victoria. Like many of the cars from the movie, her appearance doesn't match the real-life car EXACTLY, but it's the closest match I've found:http://www.loti.com/1955_ford-1.jpghttp://www.cgtn-nd.com/images/Car%20and%20Motorcycle%20Showcase/1955%20Ford%20Crown%20Victoria..Howard%20Partlow.JPG
I had a HARD time trying to find a female 50s singer for a 'in her prime' song for Pinky. So, this song will have to do I think. It's "My oh My" by 'The Wreckers' it's about days gone past and how things change so fast:http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V68Q-UCJ-rA
Now to get to the picture-----
So this was Pinky's family, your average late 50s/early 60s single daughter family. I have to admit, I drew this before fully thinking about my timescale (which is important for later as you'll see) originally this was meant to be definitely in the 50s. However I will go right out and say that this 'memory' is from 1962-63.
The little girl here is Violet, she's only 3 years old here and you'll be following her and Pinky throughout all their associated pictures. Their relationship is very much that of one between a mother and daughter. While Violet of course HAS a mother, Pinky (being relatively new at the time of Violet's birth) was the car who drove her mother to the hospital and back when she was born and has been there watching her grow up. The two of them are best friends and Pinky cares for her like her own er..metal and oil.. it's not uncommon to see the two of them sharing secrets, reading child stories, playing hide and seek.. things like that in the back yard together.
At Violet's young age, she's able to see that Pinky and probably every other appliances is alive. I based this off of what is seen in the crap-tastic sequel to TBLT, "The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars" in which the Master 'Rob' and his girlfriend from the first movie have a baby together and the baby knows all the appliances are alive and plays with them: (the best example of it I can find on youtube ><; [link] ) While they don't go into much detail about the aspects of how old a child gets before they 'forget' that they're alive. My personal view is its when you get to be THAT age, you know the one I mean. When you stop believing in fairy tales? When you find out Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aren't real? When your rational mind begins to take over and you become the bitter jaded person you'll grow old being.
So really the setting here is intended to be both silly but adorable at the same time, I hope I pulled it off. Though it's probably obvious I'll explain anyway. Violet has just came back down to the parking lot with her family after picking up their food. Being the girl's sorta 'imaginary best friend' and effectively second mother.. the sweet little girl offers to share her fries with Pinky. While Pinky obviously can't eat it, she's pleasantly at her kind offering. Meanwhile her parents funnily enough are left wondering what their crazy little girl is doing trying to feed the car french fries. X3
While trying to make a really defined 50's look I wanted to pic a background that encompassed something that truely looked the era. I'd always loved all the heavy use of neon in the old buildings, and I like fast food, so I decided to have this memory be of a nice family outing to Mc Donalds. (XD) While most of the building is hidden behind the bushes, this is the old kind, where you actually walked up to a window outside to make your order. As with all these 'Tales from Ernie's Disposal' pictures I made sure to use reference and do my research on the eras and settings depicted. As proof here's two of my reference material:http://www.vintagepostcards.org/blog/images/pomona-california-mcdonalds-roadside.jpghttp://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4421710334_23e79d2217.jpg
Lastly, I'm not incredibly happy with how this came out. I actually erased the 'paper' texture from the lineart. I felt it made the colors too dark and kinda took the cheeriness out of the scene. However in hindsight I notice that without the graininess of the paper texture the picture looks a little flat. ^^; I'll try to avoid making that mistake in the future.Pinky Memories:"When I'm gone, I hope you'll see, how happy she made me. For I'll be there, in my daughter's eyes"
This is something I put together as a kind of build up to my main pictures. Heh the more I think about it I bet the other cars I've done are gonna get jealous of Pinky for getting so much more 'screen' time. XD
So I'll lay it all out here. I know you guys haven't seen anything to prove what I'm claiming. But believe me, I think the story I've made for Pinky really has the makings for some deep emotional heart-string tugs later on when we start to see her decline. Lets face it, that's the goal of every artist, to make people feel something and get their vision seen by the masses.
However I wanted to make sure you guys could get the chance to get some emotional attachment to Pinky and Violet and the mother/daughter relationship they have. Since my main 'big' drawings can only show one small moment per drawing I didn't think they'd alone convey enough. So here I'm showing kind of a scrap-book gallery of I suppose you could say Pinky's memories?
This picture also has it's own song as well, as with the tradition which this series. I'm dumping the attempt at finding songs that both have the story I want in them AND have a singer that sounds like the car. It's simply too impossible for me to hunt down that specific of a song. So now I'm merely going by gender.
This song is pretty dang well known, and many of you probably already know it by the caption at the top. Though I'm counting on our non-USA watchers to be less familiar with it. It's called "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride, a beautiful song and very fitting of how Pinky feels about Violet. I STRONGLY suggest you give it a listen, it'll enhance the drawing's emotions a lot.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2y6S8CwPJA&feature=related
--(Descriptions of the panels for those interested)--Top-Left:
(1960) We see Violet's parents leaving the hospital, her mother still looking rather ragged from the trauma of child birth. Look at dad, heh.. so proud. XD Oh poor mother, she goes to all the trouble of birthing Violet and the CAR ends up getting all the screen-time. X3 We also see Pinky's first glimpse at baby Violet, though she probably still hasn't seen her at this point due to the angle.. so she's still kinda confused about what's been going on.Bottom-Left:
(1960-61) Baby Violet, already fascinated in Pinky. She seems to be poking her grille.. XD Pinky it seems took to the girl instantly. I'd say Violet is still mere months old, though she looks more like maybe 1 year old so you be the judge there.Bottom-Right:
(1963 - present day - Mc Donald's pic) The bottom one was fun to do, done from reference of a real 55' Crown Vic interior. I thought you guys might like to see what she looked like inside.
I'm sure you've seen little kids playing inside cars, pretending their driving and stuff? The one above I actually said to someone in response to the Mc Donald's pic. I said in the artist comments Pinky and Violet would play, among other things, hide and seek. Though haha.. understandably Violet would always be the one to do the hiding. X3Top-Right:
(1964) A last very sweet two-panel scene to cement the emotions of the others hadn't. Now I understand some of you guys might have a hard time accepting this kind of relationship happening, but remember.. it's based off of a fictional universe. At it's base, its totally innocent and precious. Pinky loves Violet like she was her own, and Violet loves Pinky like a second mother and her best best best secret friend. : )
But also remember, I'm sure I don't need to remind you of course. As happy as these memories are, they are bittersweet when taken into context with what we know eventually happens to Pinky 25 years after this. After her stay at Ernie's she'll be reduced to the size of maybe one of baby Violet's building blocks... to put it in harsh perspective. <: (
But let's try to not think about that right now...
Violet & Parents (c) me
Pinky Convertible (c) Brave Little ToasterViolet's Storytime"-Ooh, and THEN the big bad wolf went to the door of the LAST piggy's house and said "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll BLOW your house down!"
"w-what happened next? huh?"
Whow! It's finally done! :la:
Man I haven't worked this hard and long on a picture in a long time haha, and while it isn't perfect it's close enough to my vision. The picture I had in my head for this was so beautiful that I had to at least ATTEMPT to create it.
I envisioned one of those perfect warm, light breezy, sunny days. The ones that everyone thinks about when they're depressed and wished they were back in time or somewhere else. The perfect mood for a memory in my opinion.
I'll stop the artist ramblings for a moment to state the obvious setting. Here we see Pinky and Violet yet again, this time during story time. Violet would frequently nestle herself against Pinky's shiny chromed bumper and open her big ol' book of fairy tales. Sometimes she'd try and read them herself, but Violet always loved it the most when Pinky read to her. Pinky loved it just as much, always putting her 100% effort into it and having fun with it, making funny voices and faces while readying to make Violet laugh.
On this particular summer afternoon, it looks as if Violet might be about ready for a nap during the story.
This marks the first time I've ever shown any of the house I drew up for their family. I actually have the whole house drawn out, maybe I'll put it in scraps before using it in my next picture.
In order to get the right summer-time atmosphere, everything in bloom and alive looking. I had to try new shadowing I've never done before, that'd be the shadows of tree leaves from the hedge beside the driveway. It was really hard to get looking right and I'm still not sure if I did or not.. you guys let me know. But I think the scene does still look beautiful and loving, and I'm happy with how it came out.
I'm especially happy with how Violet came out, she looks simply adorable AND anatomically correct. My mother thinks Pinky's eyes look weird, I was trying to explain the reasoning why I drew them like that.
The way I see it, as a car, Pinky's eyes are so far apart that if she tried to look at one page with both eyes, she'd only be at the angle to see one page with one eye at a time. I hope that makes sense in words. So she kinda has to squint her left eye to focus out her right to see the left page. If you don't like that explanation, you could also say she's just being silly and maybe making a funny voice while she's reading. ^_^
Now for the selected song for the picture. Well, the song itself isn't exactly related to the picture really but she does use a soft-soothing tone of voice in this song which you could imagine how it would have sounded to hear her reading those fairy-tales. <:) But I'm proud to announce the singer who I've officially chosen to be Pinky's voice: Lee Ann Womack. She doesn't sound EXACTLY like Pinky, missing the strong 'southern-bell' twang to her voice, but it's really close.
The song for this picture is called "Worth Leaving Behind" and it's about how loving someone, especially a child, will help your memory go on even after you're gone... it's fitting I think. I particularly feel a heart-tug at the line "it's kinda like Elvis, ya die to be famous" since Pinky only became semi-famous in the movie FOR dying. : / But it really is a beautiful song, notice how the songs keep getting a sadder and sadder tone as we go along.. that's intentional http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqTT59h9aLg
Pinky's final swan song is another Lee Ann Womack song, can any of you guess which it is?-TO BE CONTINUED-