“ Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, 'cause "the West is the best." And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. "

Alexander Supertramp, May 1992
(Christopher McCandless)

This is my unofficial illustrated poster paying tribute to the great biographical adventure by Jon Krakauer, adapted into the film by Sean Penn. The iconic 'Magic Bus' & wilderness itself seemed to me almost as as important characters as Alexander Supertramp / Christopher McCandless himself. It was my intention to reflect that in the art along with channeling the spirit of adventure and majesty of nature that the film celebrate.

This piece received a merit award in the 3x3 Magazine Professional Show No.13.

Steelarchive released a limited edition Blu-ray of the film including a slip case featuring my original artwork. I was also commissioned to create new artwork for the back cover and spine and decided to continue the scene around the full wrap. I added a few elements that I felt we're quite significant such as the river and the red hat that the main character sticks to a tree to mark his crossing and which ultimately proves to be a point of no return.

This edition of 500 is now sold out. The updated artwork received an award of excellence in the 58th Communication Arts Illustration competition and will be featured in the Illustration Annual later this spring.
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