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March 12th, 2006

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achtoonbaby:
I'm currently feelin: sleepy sleepy
I'm currently hearin: Joe Jackson--Steppin' Out

Hi everybody. The new Achtoon Baby has just been posted:
http://www.atu2.com/achtoon



Well, obviously this is not the month to be doing anything comical. So I decided to title this one "U2 In Four Words," show a painting of each band member, and write "hero" at the bottom. That's what they are to me.


This is such a classic Adam expression, especially during this tour.


I painted this while watching Kill Bill Vol. 2. Larry took a lot longer than all the others because of the weird lighting, and I was working with a blue-green-orange color scheme (uncooperative colors!). It took the entire movie to get it right, but I think this is one of my all-time best Larrys.


This Bono is just OK, but I kind of like his expression. I was working with a really rotten photo, but I needed that pose. The eye/glasses took an entire episode of Face the Nation to paint. Also, the tiny horizontal line on his forehead? That's one of Bun's hairs. I kind of liked it there so I kept it in. She spent most of the morning napping but watched me paint this one.


Oh Edge. Always such a breeze to paint--this took maybe thirty minutes? He's the last panel of the cartoon for obvious reasons.

The paintings are all unfinished because the tour was postponed. While U2 have not come out and said that Edge's daughter is ill, I wanted to show the other three supporting him in a subtle way. I didn't think any of them should be looking at the viewer. When I line the four paintings up on my table, they're in this order: Larry, Edge, Bono, Adam. Edge is looking up at this light that reminded me of religious paintings, and the others are facing him with tender, supportive expressions. Maybe some people will pick up on this.
 
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From:hbpen
Date:March 13th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
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Going with a more comic approach, I thought for sure one of the words was going to be "Mullet." ;)
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
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Pretty much all of them have had mullets in one way or another over the years, haven't they?
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From:volare
Date:March 13th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
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Did the 'fro ever mutate into a mullet?
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From:specialcamper
Date:March 13th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
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I think it did during the begining of Unforgettable Fire. I remember seeing a picture of scary mullet-like curls.
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Mullfro!
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From:idlehands
Date:March 13th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
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These are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them!
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, and no problem.
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From:bonophile
Date:March 13th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
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Thank you for such a touching tribute to the band. I really enjoy reading it every month anyway, but this month's means a lot.
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
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The idea came to me within minutes of hearing the news, and I ran with it.
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From:skylark74
Date:March 13th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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These are absolutely gorgeous. You've done a fabulous job in capturing their spirit in each painting.
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:volare
Date:March 13th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
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dammit you're wrecking my street cred over here... someonegimmeakleenexalready::sniffle::

best larry ever.
and the adam pose is just sublime.
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! (U2 fans have street cred? /kidding)
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From:bonoist
Date:March 13th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
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Very nice tribute to the boys. Really captured Larry!!
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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I tell ya, there were some dicey moments with Lar.
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From:rhi_chan
Date:March 13th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
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I have always enjoyed the subtle beauty you bring out in your paintings of Adam.
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Adam is usually very easy to paint, so most of the time I paint him first. He's the "warm up."
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From:noriko_chijinu
Date:March 13th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
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Those are absolutely gorgeous! O:
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From:tinamachina
Date:March 13th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
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You took the words right out of my mouth. Beautiful, just beautiful!
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. The toast is hypnotic!
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From:edibleflowers
Date:March 13th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
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These are really gorgeous. Makes me wish I could get prints and hang them up in order.
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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I've never seriously considered making prints because of possible legal issues. Matt's pretty sensitive about that.
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From:edibleflowers
Date:March 13th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I wasn't actually suggesting that you do, I hadn't considered things like legal issues... just imagining a nice set of framed pictures on my wall more than anything.
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From:moonshape
Date:March 13th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
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You should send some of your art to the band!
From:achtoonbaby
Date:March 13th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Well, maybe one day. Right now I'd be pleased if they even knew about it. :)
From:hot_coffee
Date:March 13th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I'm at a loss for words. Those paintings are so amazing. I adore the idea behind it too.
From:achtungeternal
Date:March 13th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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You have the most beautiful art.

I love the entire concept - beautiful job!
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From:kashmir87
Date:March 13th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
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I've been a huge fan of your art for a while now, and again, these are breathtaking. You're always so humble about your Bonos, I think they're always pretty damn perfect :) Thank you so much for these.
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From:spicedrum
Date:March 14th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
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These are all spectacular. The Bono portrait is my favorite - it is amazing. More than amazing, actually. It's gorgeous. You need to stop selling yourself short on him.

Bono. Short. heh

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