Roky Erickson portrait (2018)
From my 'Psych Icons' collection.
Original A3 in size - Inks, pencils, book cuttings and coloured and patterned card.
High-quality A3 giclee prints available on FS Platinum Etching paper.
Limited edition run of 30. All prints signed and numbered.
Original portrait also available. Email dunstancarter(at)gmail.com for details.
Roky Erickson is one of the slightly more 'cult' icons in this collection but what a weird, dark and bizarre life he's led. In a lot of the imagery associated with Roky's band, The 13th Floor Elevators there's the image of a single 'all-seeing' eye. I wanted to try and incorporate this into the piece in some way and one night whilst staring at some card stock with rock patterns strewn across them I decided to slice some psychedelic looking 'rock' into Roky's face and highlight his left eye. I'm really pleased with the effect and the colours in the rock spill nicely into the bright yellow background. Roky's hair is another cool book cutting I found of a galaxy (I love books about space and astronomy), his jacket collars are book cuttings of black bear fur and his shirt is another rock patterned segment of card. I particularly enjoyed illustrating Roky's thick, fullsome beard - close up it's got lots of detail that almost sent me into some kind of inky meditative state. A3 prints of the portrait are also available in a white 20 x 16" mount and/or framed in a 20 x 16" black frame.