Dalmatian Mouse & Tic Tacs

I’ll be honest. I’m by no means a devote Wes Anderson fan. I enjoy his movies, no doubt, but to date I’ve only watched four of them.

So when Spoke Art’s Jessica Ross approached me to take part in their second Wes Anderson tribute show, my first thought was, “I have some serious homework to do!”

I began my study by watching The Squid and the Whale, and then re-watching Fantastic Mr. Fox. But it wasn’t until after watching The Royal Tenenbaums for the first time, that inspiration really hit.


(Screen shot from when Henry Sherman asks himself, “Is that a Tic Tac?”)

That quirky Tenenbaum house on 111 Archer Avenue was jam-packed with little details I could pull from. Since the Spoke Art show is called Bad Dads, I focused on Royal’s character, bridging two tiny symbols of his love for his family: the questionable Tic Tac cancer medication and the thriving Dalmatian mice population that his son Chas had bred as a child.

The mice: a quirky reminder of a father’s pride for his son’s past accomplishments.

The Tic Tacs: the trick to bringing a now defunct family back together again.

dalmatian mouse making of desktop

(I was lucky to find the perfect Tenenbaumily pink-patterned wallpaper to suit the scene, recycled from an old Reader’s Digest book. And voila, the final piece below.)

dalmatian mouse final art

spoke_art_logoSpoke Art’s Bad Dads group show will open November 1st and run until November 23rd. I’ve seen what the other participating artists have come up with, and you’re sure in for a treat if you can make the show in San Fran!

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