Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Here’s a small bit of an illustration from Gwango’s Lonesome Trail.

The illustration was inspired by the above photograph, taken in the summer of 2000. I found this strange skull in the hills of San Jacinto, Ca. It’s made of wood, and sits alongside a collection of other carved skeletons—a Raptor and Pterosaur. I did some research, trying to find the sculptor of the works, but had little success. The sculptures were destroyed the following summer in order to build a housing development. They’ll forever stay a mystery I guess.

38 comments:

Gregory Sesma said...

The photograph of the dino skull is amazing... VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!!, the drawing is pretty cool too :)

Gabriel said...

I agree, the drawing is great but I feel awful that the sculpture doesn't exist anymore! I wish I had one of those, it's a pity you never found out who did it.

Debralee Shelby said...

Awesome! I really like your illustration, and the picture is great.

Jared Chapman said...

That's a shame! Great photograph though... and the illustration, of coarse, is top-notch as well. I can't wait for both your and Josh's books to come out.

Alexei Martins said...

Awesome man!!!Beautiful And Mysterious...

I have some news in my blog...

Edward Juan said...

wow, you found a skull!? hot diggity! that's a awesome keeper.

Goobeetsablog said...

stuff like that happens too often.
great photo and drawing.

nice, loose treatment
-brian

justinpatrickparpan said...

Thanks for stopping by Greg.

I agree Gabriel, it is quite a shame. The entire things kind of a hometown legend now.(Atleast in my mind)

Thanks for stopping by Debralee. And it’s very cool you have a blog now. Your works really great.

Thanks Jared. The book comes out in October, so I’m trying to post some behind the scene kind of stuff.

Thanks Alexei.

Edward, that was actually the same exact terminology I used when first I came upon the dino’s. “Hot Diggity” I said. But I think I added a “Dog” at the end of diggity :)

Brian, I agree completely. Man loves to replace the unique with the uninspired. Welcome to the modern world I guess.

Elliot said...

Those wooden skeletal creations were done by a small boy called Darren during an intense period of sleepwalking between the ages of 7 and 9.

justinpatrickparpan said...

Then the great mystery is solved, thank you Elliot-- I’ll remember to call upon your services on my next adventure!

Elliot said...

I know something about everything...
All mysteries solved with a simple question.

AnimatorNickB said...

Really cool man. I really like this. You captured the essence of the photo well! SWEET!

Moro Rogers said...

I wish I had run across something like that as a young kid. It would practically be a religious experience...

Mattias said...

Thank's for the comment on my blog, more dinosaurs in Art, that's what I say

R.A. MacNeil said...

Really wonderful illustration. Nice feeling.
The fact the sculptures are gone is a bummer.

-Ryan

Joe said...

Very cool style. So, why didn't you go and get the wooden skulls before they where destroyed. They would have looked great atop a fireplace mantle...a very big fireplace mantle.

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! beautiful take on the photograph!! Love your stylization, NICE ... very NICE!!

justinpatrickparpan said...

Glad you think so Nick. Thanks.

It was kind of like a religious experience, Moro. When I found the sculptures, I remember the raptor was being guarded by a noisy rattlesnake. On top of that, the sight lay near a small Indian casino. So it was a bizzare religious experience— but I guess there’s really no other kind.

Mattias, I agree completely.

r.a. macneil, thanks for stopping by

Joe, I didn’t want to steal the sculptures. They were hidden away in the hills, and that’s were they belonged. However if I knew they were going to be destroyed in advance, that would be a different story. I’d probably snatch them in an instant.

Thanks Alina.

Scott Warren said...

Brilliant colors, sir. It's a tragic fate for the sculptures, but I'm glad you were there to document them for the ages.

the doodlers said...

I once came upon a bleached cow vertibre, on a dark mossy forest floor in Meaford Ontario, and it felt like a religous experience. I took it home though. I keep it still, in our bathroom on a shelf.

How big were these sculpts? The one in the photo has a primitive feeling. Quite beautiful. Neat the way they are kind of hidden in the brush. I like the flare in the photo. Your illustration is cool and it really does feel like an extension of the sculpture.

Alexei Martins said...

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Ryan said...

Wow that's a pretty amazing discovery, I wish I had come across something like that. I really like the illustration.

justinpatrickparpan said...

The Doodlers,

That’s a nice little story. And you keep it on the bathroom shelf? That sure seems like one hell of a bathroom. Maybe I can use it one day?

In regards to the rest of your comment, everything was life-size. The raptor was about five feet tall, the pterosaur’s wing span was probably ten feet wide, and the Rex skull was the size of a washer machine.

I’ll post the rest of the pictures soon.


Thanks for stopping by everyone.

Josh Parpan said...

Nice drawing!
Oh, and I was the one who destroyed those sculptures.. "People got have homes".. That’s what I always say.
-Hurray for pre-fab housing!

justinpatrickparpan said...

Josh, you’re a suburban zombie. Drink some Starbucks, talk it up on your cellular phone, and go rot inside a mini mall.

Best regards,

your big brother

Joe said...

They always name the subdivion after what they destroy; maple grove, orchard ln, canyon meadows. What did they end up calling the development?

justinpatrickparpan said...

Joe,
I don’t know what they ended up calling the neighborhood.

If I was a heartless developer, I would go with these choices:

The Neighborhood that Time Forgot
Stone Age Estates
Dinosaur Heights

And if they decided to turn the space into a trailer park, they could always call it Jurassic Trailer Park or something :)

Jeff Durham said...

Nice skull! I've never stolen anything cool either. But if I had found that on a hillside walk I might have taken up a life of crime, or at least a life of questionable ethics.

Jo Bling said...

Are those Parpan girls fighting again? Griefousness!

Lovely pic and great backstory regarding the inspiration. I always love to hear about how things come about, especially paintings and pieces of art. Heck, maybe the sculptor had seen one of your drawings and that inspired him/her to do that skull! Now THAT'd be a funny old chicken/egg tale...

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justinpatrickparpan said...

Jeff, I’m glad my little story made you consider a life of crime. Boy, what a compliment!

Mr. Curtis, sorry for the bickering. Next time if I have something offensive to tell my brother, I’ll give it to him in person like a normal lad :)

Alexei Martins said...

Hello man...i have news in my blog...
love your work...

Jo Bling said...

Give over, I'm all for sibling punch-ups. I say we vote to see Parpan versus Parpan in some kind of wicker cage showdown.

"TWO PARPANS ENTER! ONE PARPAN LEAVES!"

;-D

justinpatrickparpan said...

Mr. Bling, that’s the best idea I’ve heard all week

william wray said...

That is a sad story. Leave you mark. Piss wide and far or they will bury you forever.

justinpatrickparpan said...

I agree William. One day I want to rebuild these sculptures. Maybe that will restore some dignity back to the man who created them?

belinha said...

How can they destroyed the sculpters?!!They seemed to be great!!!