Law enforcement officials in the greater Wahlahbafa area ask your help in locating the unidentified businessman (pictured) last seen in the vicinity of The Great Hole.
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We are pessimistic in our hopes of ever finding the guy, so The Wahlahbafa Chamber of Commerce will move smartly ahead and auction the businessman's fine automobile at or before NOON tomorrow. Henceforth. Proceeds will fund plenty of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms for the Annual Wahlahbafa-One-Helluva-Holy-Holiday-Hootenanny Extravaganza. Our sincere condolences go out to the businessman's family, but this really should be a blast!
The Businessman gone missing in Question: Tall and trim, not too much nose, dark eyes, dark shoes, stylish raincoat....
Search and rescue teams are working 24/7, yet there is no sign of the businessman gone missing....
David HeatleyOctober 26, 2007
Lovely image. I like the way you faded the tone to white throughout. on the stripes. Gives it a real airy, light feeling. I may have to steal that technique in the future...
Scott BakalOctober 26, 2007
How excellent is this?!? I love seeng the close ups with your line and paint, and the story is fun. Truly nice work...
Rob DunlaveyOctober 26, 2007
John: keep doing these travel posters ok?! Beautiful!
This one reminds me of the French illustrator Alain Le Foll. (check out Creation Magazine #5 for a well illustrated feature on him. I have a copy.)
ragOctober 26, 2007
Reeaal nice. That's my take on it. If that business man is a banker, good riddance!
Richard AllenOctober 26, 2007
Beautiful. Melancholy yet strangely uplifting.
Reminds me a little of this...
John DykesOctober 26, 2007
Thanks Drawgers..... But we have something here that is bigger than issues of pigment pushed around on cheap cardboard... coaxed and nuanced into blissful harmonious coexistence. We have... a businessman gone missing. And he's not Just missing. He's GONE missing.
Adam McCauleyOctober 26, 2007
I've heard of the Great Hole of China, but not this one at Wahlabafa. It appears to be a tar pit, so I fear for the worst for that gentleman!
Great image John, brings me into Folon-land a bit.
John DykesOctober 26, 2007
Ah! Folon! One of my early and major influences.... I shared a studio for a long time with Phillipe Lejeune, who worked with Folon for years. Philippe did wonderful aquatint etchings for him...
and Rob, Alain Le Foll's work looks beautiful... will search for my Creation Magazine #5...
David, actually... I think I stole that 'white tone' technique from you.... But you can have it back for a few days.
Thanks again folks - your thoughtful comments inspire me to keep paintin'!
Hal MayforthOctober 26, 2007
I wonder if Jimmy Hoffa ever visited Wahlahbafa. This is a beautiful piece, John. With the leaves exiting branches here, your travel post make me yearn for adventure in places other than those advertised on your posters.
Alan WitschonkeOctober 26, 2007
Wahlahbafa. Sounds like an animal you'd meet in Australia. But I'm gonna save up my frequent flier miles (I think I've got about 23), for a trip there soon. Which map should I use?
Zina SaundersOctober 26, 2007
That businessman's a real gone guy, John.
Great art and funny. Love your captions, too.
Robert SaundersOctober 26, 2007
Now I KNOW you've really flipped your lid, Dykes. I mean come ON!
You expect people here to believe that one can actually fly into a place like WAHLABAFA and see a great hole?
They have no airports; you can only get there by alpaca team! It's common knowledge.
Mark FisherOctober 27, 2007
As the Firesign Theater said "Show people a big hole and inevitably they will jump in."
Nice one John.
Mike MoranOctober 27, 2007
Isn't that the place that Garrison Keeillor talks about?
Love the art.
Christoph HitzOctober 27, 2007
For many years rumors had it that the great hole was at the bottom of the sea, others said it was in Washington. It's possible for each great nation to have it's own great hole. Some nations have "greater holes" than others. Thank God ours is really big and we know it's getting bigger all the time. As a matter of fact it looks like it will encompass the nation as a hole. It's good to know there are daily flights to Wahlahbafa, one could get a fresh perspective.
Walter VasconcelosOctober 27, 2007
John, I like this work. Great composition and colors.
Edel RodriguezOctober 27, 2007
Nice job, John. I like the variations within each color, and the mist behind each shape. One of your best, I think.
J.D. KingOctober 29, 2007
A person is missing, probably dying or dead, and you think it's funny?
gmablyNovember 23, 2007
I'm late to the party on this post, but I have to say really nice image. Has a simultaneously modern & vintage vibe which I admire.