It’s Groundhog Day here in the United States, where supposedly if a groundhog sees its shadow on this day, it means six more weeks of Winter; no shadow means an early Spring. While tons of people today are buzzing about the predicted early Spring — courtesy of the most famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, who did not see his shadow — I love how there are loads of people wishing actor Stephen Tobolowsky a Happy Groundhog Day via his Twitter page.
Tobolowsky starred as Ned Ryerson in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, which had Bill Murray as meteorologist Phil Connors, who begrudgingly goes to Punxsutawney, PA, to cover the Groundhog Day festivities, as he does every year. When a blizzard hits the town, Phil gets stuck there overnight and wakes up the next morning to discover that it’s February 2 all over again. This then happens every day, with Phil reliving the events of February 2. Thanks to the film, “Groundhog Day” has become associated with replaying the same events over and over again.
The portraits show faceless versions of Gary Oldman in some of his most popular roles, such as Sirus Black (Harry Potter), Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy), Count Dracula (Dracula), and Jim Gordon (Batman Begins).
If you enjoy the artwork, now it’s available for sale as a print, in your choice of three different sizes and alternate color.
At the beginning of the week, artist Derek Eadsposted that he’d be doing an entire week of Bill Murray-themed artwork this week.
Kicking off said event, Eads posted an animated gif of illustrations of the characters the actor has played in his films. See the animated gif here below — can you figure out who each character is?
Continuing the Murray-a-thon, Eads created 38 Days of Groundhog Day, a chart with illustrations of every day that was shown in the film Groundhog Day. (That’s the chart here at right; click for larger, full view.)
Visit Eads’ site for more Murray goodness, as well as his other artwork, some of which is available for purchase.