|Adam West, Created in Adobe Illustrator by Tom Barradas|
I grew up as a fan of the Batman TV series. So in love with this show was I, that I routinely defaced every book my parents owned (we're talking hundreds, if not thousands of books here folks) along with walls and every other blank space I could find to render (with permanent crayons no less) crude renderings of the caped crusader (at often true-to-life sizes).
My Mother would buy me these super-thick color newsprint drawing pads, I think in an effort to spare her books and walls, but even that was to no avail. Oh, make no mistake, I loved the drawing pads, but they would typically last only 5-6 minutes as a forum for my creative inclinations. Spying freshly scrubbed walls, out came the crayons again!
To my Mother's great credit, she never tried to discourage my artistic endeavors, though I'm sure she was sorely tempted. Eventually of course, I stopped defacing the house, but my love of drawing never left me and to this day I view those early exploits as the genesis of all my professional creative endeavors.
Blame Batman I say! It wasn't my fault the show was so colorful and captivating.
And to this day, I remain as enamored by the same elements that drew me to the show in the first place. Which brings me to yesterday. Adam West, the only Batman that really matters, turned 88 years old. Not only that, but he's still going strong, with routine appearances on Family Guy, a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory and other programs I'm surely unaware of. Come late October, Batman returns in the form of Adam West (along with original sixties co-stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar) in an all-new animated feature entitled "The Return of the Caped Crusaders". In anticipation of this monumental event, I will soon be off to the art store to pick up a fresh box of permanent crayons!
Until such time however, Adobe Illustrator provides the canvas for my most immediate artistic inclinations, and with that, I present to you my latest depiction of Adam West.