Friday Funnies: The Cave Bear

Written by Burl on July 30th, 2010

This is an book illustration for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “The Land That Time Forgot.” I did many for publication, and about two years after they were published, a pair of films based on the books were released. It was fun seeing how Hollywood handled the same scenes. This scene, however, was not in the film, as a gigantic prehistoric bear attempts to eat our hero and heroine by entering their cave, but the entrance is a bit too small. I did want this drawing to have the feeling of a nightmare image. The fun part in this illustration is the lighting and the composition. Alas, my bear looks more like a big dog. Check your references first, kids. (Click on image for bigger)


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Primo Kimo says:

    is that one o those fold over for a hidden picture like in the back of mad magazine?
    I would guess it’s a dog cleaning his teeth with a GI joe…

  2. gigi-hawaii says:

    Reminds me of the preschool song:

    I’m going on a bear hunt,
    I’m going on a bear hunt,
    but I’m not afraid,
    I’m not afraid!


    Cool drawing, btw. Can your daughter draw like this?

  3. Hattie says:

    Scantily clad, isn’t she. Looking around your blog. Enjoyed the homage to Harvey Pekar and American Splendor.

  4. Mutt says:

    “The fun part in this illustration is the lighting and the composition.”

    Know how I can tell you’re a nerd?

    You drew a naked lady and the “fun part” is the lighting and composition??

  5. Burl says:

    It’s work, work, work, I’m tellin; ya, drawin’ nekkid ladies.
    Actually, it was kind of fun, over the course of the narrative, making the guy’s clothes more and more ragged and the girl’s outfits more and more assembled as she learned modern ways.
    I should have explained that the hero is shipwrecked from a WWI warship, and the heroine is a prehistoric denizen of this lost island.

  6. Primo Kimo says:

    when did they lose the island?

    ok… where was the last place they were, when they think they lost it?

  7. Primo Kimo says:

    “You drew a naked lady and the “fun part” is the lighting and composition??”
    he maybe was being discrete; “composition of da nekkid girl.”

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