Friday, January 8, 2010

IF: Coaster Buggy

zdepski's digital illustration, coaster buggy

Confined to Inertia, Gravity and Bravado.

I grew up on top of a hill.

My dad, the mason decided he would build a "brick cart".

Nearly 100 lbs, small front tires and the capability of 40 mph.

The brakes just smoked.

Coaster Buggy

Another piece in the Corporal Punishment Series.

I've been pondering this whole coaster buggy situation... my dad never used this contraption for bricks. He made it for the kids, which I'm sure he was just trying to thin the herd a bit. It was built from a lawnmower with steering that had three positions; center, hard left, hard right. I wrote "nearly" 100 lbs, but it was well over that with the all steel frame.

The framework was a feature that was able to be hosed off when bloodied and pulled to the top of the hill again... did I mention the hill a 1/2 mile long when you coasted down to the bridge over the creek... having avoided the barbed wire fence when making the turn.

I made it, but there were plenty of kids walking with limps where the road rash went straight to the bone.

digital - pencil to photoshop
click to enlarge the pain.


Chad Grohman said...

I dont know if I wish we hung out when we were kids or if Im glad we didn't.

michele said...

What fun! Some of childhood's fondest memories are created around these adventures! (My dad liked to "invent," too) : 0 )

Anonymous said...

This is great! Love the energy and the red showing through.

ArtQwerks said...

OUCH!!!! Painfully vibrant and edgy!

rmsmi said...

This reminds me of some of the insanity that came with my childhood but without the bricks. Great illustration.

tusen said...

whoa, great and insane, and the illustration is just bursting with energy

Indigene said...

This brings back memories, of going down a very steep hill at 13 into oncoming traffic! It seems like we both live a wild childhood, I'm glad we both survived it! Great commentary and concept. Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to more of your wonderful work in the new year!