Meet the caricaturist reimagining five decades of cult classics.
Meet the caricaturist reimagining five decades of cult classics, from Mad Max and David Lynch to Breaking Bad and Kool Keith.
In 2008, for instance, he set himself the goal of producing a sketch of Elvis every single day, producing 366 illustrations (it was a leap year) of the King from different eras without repeating himself.
“The daily celebrity drawings became a ‘savings account’ of ideas. I would eventually take the ones I liked and digitally render them throughout the years to follow, usually using their birthday once again as a deadline for myself.”
Last year, Wallenfang took the same approach with InkTober – an initiative that challenges artists to do one ink drawing every day in October – and decided to opt for a horror theme.
Six days in,there was something about his drawing of Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that evoked TOPPS trading cards from the 1970s and ’80s (think Garbage Pail Kids) – the kind that came with a sticker and a stiff stick of chalky bubblegum.
That association gave Wallenfang an idea: to transplant the image onto a scan of a TOPPS wax wrapper, creating the look of a fictional trading card series.
“They’re a lot of fun to make and I haven’t been able to stop since,” he says. “I keep adding to the list of movies and shows I will eventually do.”
The project’s charm lies in the details. Faux advertisements along the inner flap work as inside jokes: the snakeskin jacket from Wild at Heart, the sunglasses from They Live, the dictaphone from Twin Peaks.
“Other times they are things I might find kitschy but still respect. The feedback has been great. I’d like to think I have enough variety to offer that there’s a little bit of something for almost anyone.”
“I’ve supported myself that way much longer than I care to admit, not just at theme parks but for weddings, corporate picnics, company parties; tons upon tons of odd jobs like that,” he says.
“Otherwise it’s been a number of private commissions and freelance jobs while also making things for my portfolio and my own amusement every week. If a week goes by that I haven’t made something for fun, it all feels wrong.”