Classified: Finished Piece
Filesize: 199.66 Kb
Dimensions: 700 x 915
21 Aug 2011 - 00:49 ET
|As we grow older, we look back over our younger years. Whether we miss them, or thank God that they're over, is entirely up to the individual and their experiences. A few months ago, as I wound up the pocketwatch my father gave me a few years ago (after I had coveted it since childhood) I got to thinking about life growing up. Despite quite a few bad experiences, particularly where school was concerned, I miss it immensely, and sometimes I feel a longing ache to... well, I don't really know, exactly. Go back to it? I'm unsure. I just know that as times get harder, it's so easy to look back and feel the best times are behind me, regardless of how trying they seemed at the time.|
This prompted me to draw the human version of Ernie Grapple (a hyena kid from Disney's Tale Spin) as an adult once more. He is in his father Herman Grapple's study, in their home since Ernie was a boy. Herman is long since passed away, and Ernie inherited his father's light bulb factory and fortune, so he is set for life, rich and in control of a (mostly) successful company. And yet he misses the carefree days of his youth. And he misses his father. And so during a slow day, he simply sits in Herman's old chair at Herman's old desk, and looks back over the years in his mind, remembering... and wishing. For what, he doesn't know. He just knows that he misses being a kid, and that thought makes him feel down.
Soon the phone will ring or someone will knock and he will snap back to the present, and everything will be fine again. But for the moment, Ernie is lost in his daydream. Lost, and wishing.
Artwork © 2011 Bill Hiers