Art: Imperator Furiosa

Growing up, the Mad Max trilogy was in regular rotation at my house (mixed in with your various Goonies, Indianas Jones, and Wars of the Star variety). When I heard that George Miller was trying to get a new Mad Max film made, I started combing around for all the evidence of such a thing that I could find.

Yes. There it was. Mad Max: Fury Road – possibly starring Mel Gibson, or maybe Heath Ledger. Maybe both.

There were rumours aplenty, but serious word was scant, so I let it go and waited for something more substantial to come up. Whatever level of development it was at, it seemed like it was a long, long way down the road, and I didn’t want to hang around and wait for a trickle of minute details when I could be patient and just get a whole, fully realized film sometime later.

A couple of years ago photos emerged of Tom Hardy in the desert, and I knew principal photography had begun. That was it. It was coming now, and all I had to do was wait.

I saw Fury Road last week at the theatre for the first time, and was not at all disappointed. Totally batshit crazy, but in just the right way – served massive, bold, and colourful. When I got home, I knew I’d be painting at least one of the main characters, and I decided I’d begin at least with the principal hero of the story: Imperator Furiosa.


On my main screen I started painting, and on the other, I had Road Warrior, Thunderdome, and an ugly pirate copy of Fury Road playing in succession until the work was done. It took me a little longer than I had expected, but I finished it over the course of two nights.

Which now brings me to my current state of affairs. I had planned on doing something with Immortan Joe soon, but I have a couple of commissions I need to finish first. Sadly, as of this morning, my work station crashes every few minutes after booting up. I’m doing what I can to fix it, but if I can’t, I’m shit out of luck being a painter until I can afford to get it fixed.

The only paid work I have coming in right now are commissions, which I can’t do until I fix my computer – which I can’t fix without the money from the commissions. Fun, right?

Blah. Anyway. Back to trying to fix it. I’m dead on the road without it.

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