The Singing Skull AKA: Ghost Subfarer

Acrylic on Lexan, world’s toughest plastic window covering. St. Marx, my castle, just replaced half of their stained glass window coverings with Plexiglas. Lexan, while skateboard proof (the contractor told me that they make skateboard ramps from it) yellows over time, a very short period of time.  Plexiglas does not. Now St. Marx has sparkling visible stained glass again as seen through invisible plexi. 

Painting on Lexan of A flaming skull
Back side of painting of flaming skull

Meanwhile, I scavenged the Lexan from the dumpster, and it works great for paintings using the Jim Nut technique; acrylic applied to the reverse side of the support (the Lexan in this case). The yellow discolouring adds character to the image like acid yellowing warms the comic book page.

This is a portrait of fictional character; The Singeing Skull, a submarine captain who draws his power from Aitch We Double Toothpicks. I made him up one day when my buddy complained about Ghost Rider® driving a motor cycle, I attempted to explain that Ghost Rider® was originally a cowboy so the move from horse to motorcycle… “It’s just arbitrary!” He cried.

“What if it was a submarine?” I suggested. His outburst of laughter assured me that I had invented something worth exploring. That was 15 years ago when we were fresh faced and bitter art school grads.

I placed this paining in the drive through of a defunct bank and put out the social media scavenger call. It was adopted by a local shy character.

I hope it warms her home. This painting is not only my first reverse onto plastic painting, but it’s also the first non-sketch image of my favourite submarine skipper. I wonder how he will evolve from this collector’s item, proto-state.

I just finished two pages of his comic epic. Here they are, I wrote them immediately after my discussion with my buddy 15 years ago, fueled by bitterness and P.G. Wodehouse.

Comic page featuring a submarine crisis, a missing cook
MS1 is a naval rank that means Mess Management Specialist first class, the head cook.
Page two of a comic featuring ghost subfarer
The angry crewman who appears in two panels was something I added while drawing these pages. It took a decade and a half to conceive his angry response. It’s my favourite part.

More to follow I expect.