Stand By Me
The concept for this drawing came to me after watching a documentary on Netflix called ‘Countdown to Zero’. This frightening documentary takes a look at the threats posed by the growing list of nuclear armed states and weighs up the prospects of global disarmament.
After this programme had stirred up my emotions as a father and as it would all concerned parents bringing up their children in this crazy world. I decided I wanted to express these emotions within a drawing. But to do this I would need to create something which has an impact from the moment you see it and makes the viewer feel what I was feeling.
And so it was from there I had the idea to call upon my children to help me recreate the scene I imagined. I needed references to make this work and I needed props so I got to work immediately.
Below are the first references of my two children, I used a fan to simulate wind from the distant blast and asked them to hold hands and look straight into the fan. The first shot was with the fan to the side which didn’t work and wasn’t used.So now I needed another reference which I obviously could not create myself. So then I went online and found the image I needed.
Once completed I was stuck for a title, that was until the song ‘Stand By Me’ came on and immediately I had a connection.
Stand By Me