Inktober 2021 Day #10: PICK (of DESTINY). Who doesn’t love Jack Black and his band Tenacious D? This is my take on the movie poster for The Pick of Destiny. This was another Inktober prompt I struggled with. One of my original ideas was an homage to Bill Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes. I was going to have PMD all muddy, carrying a pick ax in the woods, off on some adventure. I swear I’ve seen an illustration of Calvin and Hobbes like that, but I couldn’t find it. I may have imagined it. I thought about PMD climbing a banana tree to pick bananas, perhaps with a pick ax. I looked up some banana tree references and wasn’t inspired. I thought about the obvious nose/ear picking, but that’s not really PMD’s style of humor, either. I thought about having him picking through my hair for bugs. I thought about him using a hair pick. I tried thinking of him using an ice pick or a water pick…then I thought of guitar pick, and went immediately to the Tenacious D album and movie. I’ve always enjoyed Jack Black and his musical stylings, he’s a great entertainer. I have their 2001 album and have listened to it thousands of times (I listened to it half a dozen times while working on this piece, too). I’ve watched the Pick of Destiny stage show/concert videos on YouTube, but somehow don’t own the album and never got to see the movie. I’ll have to fix that. By far, though, my favorite creative endeavor that Jack Black was involved in was the video game Brutal Legend. It’s tough to describe, but basically imagine a world based off of 40 plus years of heavy metal album art, fun and unique weapons and gameplay (a guitar is one of your weapons), great visuals, an entertaining story, cameos from heavy metal legends, and oh yeah, unlockable heavy metal songs that you can listen to as you cruise around the world in your hot rod. So much fun.
And yes, I’ll shamelessly tag Mr. Black when I post this around.