Austin Cartoons Tribute Comes To Life

In February, 2011 Kerry Awn approached the South Austin Popular Culture Center about painting a mural on the premises.

The mural would pay tribute to Austin cartoon icons. Characters created by the likes of Gilbert Shelton, Jim Franklin, Tony Bell, Sam Hurt, Mike Judge and Jack Jaxon would be painted on the back wall of the outdoor stage at the Center.

The Board of Directors enthusiastically endorsed the idea and the project proceeded. Kerry worked for three weeks on the painting, and was assisted with contributions by Jim Franklin, Tommy Bee and Rick Turner.

The mural was finished in mid-March- just in time for the opening of a special exhibit at the Center honoring the early punk scene in Austin.

The following photos show the mural from drawing to completion. If you haven’t already visited, come on by the next time you’re on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. Please feel free to take photos with the mural and post them to our Facebook page.

Day One: After Center Facilities Manager (and artist, raspafarian and board member) Henry Gonzalez prepared and installed specialized panels for the mural, Kerry Awn started drawing the images that would become the mural.

Later On Day One: The imagery is starting to take shape. In this panel are images from Eyebeam, Oat Willie, Too Much Coffee Man, Fat Freddie’s Cat and Jim Franklin’s Tribute to the University of Texas Tower.

The Coloring Begins: First Kerry went through the imagery adding an underpainting, a wash of color blocking, before he started the actual painting.

Hi How Are You? One of Daniel Johnston’s most famous images…in progress

Kerry starts to add the top layers of color to the mural.

The completed mural

Check out the full details and more photos in the slideshow below. You can look at the photos full screen by hitting the button on the lower right-hand corner.

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