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Popeye

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When I was a kid Popeye was a reassuring hero far from the imagery of DC comics (Spiderman, Superman, Batman). I think it was the naivety of the character and the absurdity of the situations that made him so appealing. I clearly remember the iconic portrait of Popeye at the beginning of the show and it is what I am trying to recall in this illustration. The spinach tin is the other element I wanted to save from the cartoon but I thought of giving it a different status. The spinach tin represents the turning over of the unluckiness of Popeye and the return to calm, good times.

I choose a palette of colours different to the original, more related to my work but also to create something reminiscent of a 50’s food advert and the word Cheers is something Popeye would probably say.