Rip Van Winkle work-in-progress..
I’ve been wanting to illustrate the legendary character, Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving, for many years. I’ve always felt drawn to this free spirited man that wandered off into the woods, returning 20 years later after falling asleep from “magic potion.”
As with many legends and cautionary tales of fables; I often contemplate the underlying messages and ‘truth.’ How have the iconic characters in such tales shaped our reality today? Was there really such a man? Did he suffer from a sleep disorder, inspiring such a sensational tale? Are the Catskills really home to unexplained “magic”, fae enchantments and ghosts?
My fascination with Rip Van Winkle and his story have captured my imagination. I hope to portray a unique, get recognizable rendition of this famous sleeping man.