Louis C.K. is my late night little secret. I listen to his stand-up while I’m up working alone in my art studio until the wee hours, savoring his intelligent take on modern life. I love Louis C.K. for a variety of reasons (funny, witty, raunchy, smart, real), though most of all I love him because he’s important. Not to put too much pressure on him or the word, but I feel his voice is an extremely important reaction to the society we live in. His comedic style is raw & honest, and he challenges us to examine the ways we think about things, the ways we live and what we believe. He’s creating a discussion about life, all while making us laugh our asses off. Much like the Mad Men portraits I did because I couldn’t watch Season 5’s finale until the following day (I don’t have cable), I did a color pencil portrait of Louis C.K. because even though I’m SO excited for Season 3, I have to wait until they post it later on HULU. I’m dying to go to one of his live shows too but just can’t afford it right now. So instead of dwelling on making money…make good art!
For the illustration, I originally thought I would be adding text like the sketch (above), but then I realized Louie’s show graphic is too much like that already (below). I decided to go without any typeface in the color final and I like it even better. I really just wanted an excuse to repeat “Louie, Louie, Louie!” because of the theme song, Brother Louie (Ian Lloyd of Stories), that plays during the opening credits (while Louie eats the most delicious-looking slice of NYC pizza I’ve ever seen), which can also be used in reaction to most of the scenarios he gets himself into, “Louie, Louie, Louuuuieeee!”
This quick little comic was Louis C.K. inspired. To quote his Hilarious special, “Hmm, maybe something nice will happen?” only to follow it up with, “Why the f* would anything nice happen!?” Tim & I had a nice day in the park, but much like Louie I too play strange “what-ifs” in my head for nearly every occasion. There was a group of reckless kids playing kickball near us; what’s the worst that could happen?
To check out Louis C.K.’s show, click the FX image (below) and be prepared to have your mind blown!!! Enjoy, xo artsparrow