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A One-Way Ticket to Disaster
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This was done with Peter Morance for The New York Times.
The job really began to take shape on Christmas Eve. The idea was to do a bunch of celebrity train wrecks as a year end round-up.This was the sketch I sent to Peter and that he approved.
I worked on this deep into Christmas Eve. While I was working the kids were watching "Mark Morris' The Hard Nut" on TV. I can't help but think the music was an influence. The piece seemed to be getting overwhelmed as a set piece, a backdrop.
When I woke up on Christmas morning I decided to simplify the concept by dropping all of the periferal stuff and just keeping the train. I felt that with all of the characters that needed to go into this the piece it was just going to become too heavy, too busy. I drew up this quick sketch and sent it with my concerns on to Peter. He agreed.
Update with track. I had Paris Hilton engineer the train since she went to the hoosegow on a DUI.
Further along, some more sketching but nearing the finish.


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