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"EYE" Want You
8.5" x 11" open edition print
11" x 14" open edition print
About the Piece:
Combining the classically recognizable Uncle Sam "I Want You" poster with the popularity of The Lord of the Rings, this idea came about a few years ago when my friends Claire and Megan were putting together a local magazine. I decided to do a humorous piece touching on the fact that if you were in the least bit aware of the situation of Middle Earth, you would probably not join the losing side. But well, either orcs can't read or just don't care, because a huge number of them threw away their lives in the war.
And so honestly, if you see this recruiting poster, and still want to join the fight against the forces of good, well, you just aren't very bright. Every line of the poster reminds you how badly this all went last time.
As I kept writing, I kept coming up with more witty lines. Though once I reached 10 pt font, I decided it was time to cut off the jokes.
About the Artist:
Paul and his brother Michael opened Aradani Studios in 2002, selling both their artwork and costuming as they travelled all across the US. Paul’s medium of choice is charcoal, a passion he discovered in college. He loves the fluidity of it, the ease of moving it across the page with a simple gesture, and on the flipside, the challenge of it, such a simple gesture can also erase hours of painstaking detail. Paul’s work has won numerous awards around the country, including the prestigious Chesley Award in 2006, for Best Monochrome Unpublished for his piece Nightmare. He currently resides in Nashville, TN, where he, his brother, and sister continue to expand and build their elf ear empire.