The Gingerbread Man

Dimensions: 530mm x 730mm

Drawn: 2007

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Run, run, as fast as you can,
You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man.

Yes, that's right, probably my all time favourite children's story, and definitely my favourite kind of biscuit treat. I have always felt an affinity to the Gingerbread man, so I felt it was only appropriate to honour him by drawing his portrait.

Two currants for eyes and a quarter of a glazed cherry for a mouth, with icing and cachous for fingers and buttons. If he was real, I would like nothing better than to gouge his eyes out and devour him, head first, then limb by limb and finally his torso.

This piece has inspired more variations on this theme, so keep your eyes open, as this character is very hard to catch.

The Gingerbread man always reminds me of a poem that my Pop wrote for me when I was a child, and whenever I stayed at Gran and Granddad's house I would always ask to make 'gingerbread mans'. Gingerbread is a big part of the fabric that weaves together to form the tapestry that is my life.