Withnail portrait

Withnail and I Illustration

Listen, I don't know what my f... acquaintance did to upset you but it's nothing to do with me. I suggest you both go outside and discuss it sensibly, in the street.


So here's Richard E. Grant as Withnail at his most cowardly. Which is the best kind of Withnail in my opinion. The complete about face from blustery bravado to simpering snake-like wretchedness when confronted with danger is astonishing and hilarious. Although I may be a little biased, seeing as I spend my entire life vascillating between those two states.

So this began life as one of my Inktober illustrations. I drew a brand new ink drawing every day for the whole of October and posted them on my Twitter. What this means is that over the next couple of months, anyone who follows me on Twitter is going to see a lot of coloured versions of drawings they've already seen. But hardly anyone follows me on Twitter, so that's not really that much of an issue. Here's the photo of the drawing:


Over the month of drawings I completely ran out of inspiration, so I just started drawing things that were objectively brilliant. That's why Richard E. Grant is above. I don't think anyone is disputing the fact that Withnail and I is possibly the finest comedy ever made... I really don't think anyone is disputing that. But I would also recommend you have a look at How to Get Ahead in Advertising. Director Bruce Robinson's follow-up that, once again, starred Richard E. Grant in a screwy scenery chewing performance as an ad-man who starts growing a second head. It fully lives up to the insanity of that one sentence description. I would also recommend that you watch Richard E. Grant in absolutely anything - he is brilliant.

Incidentally, I would have preferred a bit more time to spend on the coloured version above and I'm not completely satisfied with it. But I am currently on holiday in Brazil and I had to get three weeks of images ready before leaving the country and Adobe Photoshop. Reading that back I appreciate that it's something I am unlikely to get much sympathy for.

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