So I’m traveling along this ancient sea bed with my mule Polly. And I’m gathering up all these amazing interviews – folks telling me what they know about this vanished sea. Only one thing was missing.
What did these critters look like? Sure, I heard that a plesiosaur looked, “like a snake drawn through the shell of a turtle.” But what the hell does that look like?
Enter friend and folk artist Charlie Frye. Charlie agreed to illustrate the Lost Sea Expedition TV series for me. I sketched out what I had in mind and over the next months, Charlie produced the 30-plus paintings.
They’re amazing. And they’re big. Some of these painting are over 3′ tall.
Charlie’s painting helped us make the jump from prairie to underwater world. He brought the sharks and clams and swimming creatures alive in a part of America that most folks associate with buffalo grass and tumbleweeds.
After Charlie delivered the paintings (on time and budget, thanks Charlie) the paintings were digitized and incorporated in to the TV series.
Charlie put a tremendous effort in to painting these fantastic illustrations. They give the Lost Sea Expedition that hand crafted feel I wanted. I mean, hey, this is a series about a guy (me) traveling across America in a home made wagon. We can’t have cheesy clip art. We need paintings on boards!
And now we’ve got ’em.
Thanks Charlie and Susan of Frye Art Studio.