Well, here’s the line art for the latest in the Person Place Thing series: “Nicolas Cage, Inside a Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape”. I called my pal Sarah, who is not at all familiar with this series, to ask her for a Place and a Thing. I didn’t ask her for a person since I was already planning to use Nicolas Cage. I’d been wanting to make a Nicolas Cage pillow for her, as she is a huge Nic Cage fan (yes, even National Treasure — I know, and despite this I still think she is a lovely person). The problem is that you can’t simply swipe photos of Nicolas Cage off the internet and make them into pillows. Well… you CAN, but it’s not very ethical and definitely not legal if you sell them to other people.
So I thought I’d incorporate his iconic visage into some artwork of my very own and use him in my Person Place Thing series. Since the final artwork will be used to make a pillow for Sarah, I thought it only appropriate to ask her for the place and thing. She gave me “Inside a Rembrandt painting” and “mix tape”. This seemed like it had a lot of potential.
I used Rembrandt’s “The Jewish Bride” as my painting to reference because it allowed me to also incorporate Sarah, which is simply an added bonus for her and a fun thing for me. It also allowed me to portray a tender moment of Nicolas Cage exchanging a mix tape with his lovely bride to be. Certainly, mix tapes in the 17th century were deeply meaningful betrothal gifts. I can only assume there was a lot of edgy, underground lute and viola de gamba music on those mix tapes. I bet some court ladies’ tail feathers were all a-ruffled by these sweet and sexy jams.
At any rate, I’ll be painting this in over the weekend and will post the final piece when I am done. Of course, this line art will be added to the eventual Person Place Thing Coloring Book that will inevitably be rejected by Dover Publications when I submit it to them in 2015.