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Kilgore Trout by WonderDookie Kilgore Trout by WonderDookie
One of my favorite literary characters of all time. A crabby, old, dirt poor, sci-fi writer named Kilgore Trout from a number of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. novels.
I've been trying to continue doing something a little more abstract from my normal style. I based my image of Kilgore on Vonnegut himself, and a couple of Vonnegut's prints.
According to Vonnegut Kilgore trout died in the year 2004. The epitaph on his tombstone says, "Life is no way to treat an animal."

Edit: Shit, and now the world has lost Vonnegut himself. Sad day.

"So it goes."
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Ege0 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job man ;)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! Glad you enjoy it. Kilgore Trout is one of my favorite literary characters.
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Ege0 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think the same!
Only a month ago I was introduced to the universe
of Kurt Vonnegut. I red Hocus Pocus and then
Slaughterhouse, and it's an awesome writer, one
of the best USA authors I've read.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh really? That's great. I think that Trout had some of his greatest moments in Timequake and Breakfast of Champions. Breakfast of Champions was really good.
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HalloStarChild Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Kilgore Trout is my hero. Thanks for this awesome picture of him. It definately captures what he's all about.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Well your very welcome. Thank you for the kind comment too.
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fynewyne Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
My dad, who introduced me to Vonnegut, said that, (eh-hem,) "Way back when, Vonnegut wrote under the alias 'Kilgore Trout.' And then he started using him as a character in his novels." I'm not sure if this is true, but if so, then... well... then nothing, because the Mr. Trout is already pretty blatant self-mockery, so depicting him in Vonnegut's image already makes the most sense. :shrug: Whatever. Just pretend that was an interesting story and everybody wins.

An awesome pic. His rubber boots are love.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I don't think that Vonnegut ever actually wrote under that alias (he invented the character after he had already become a somewhat established writer), but Kilgore definitely became an alter ego. So your argument still works. Everybody wins.

Thanks!
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
he is one my top 10 all timebest characters in fiction, he is so funny and he's..amazing especially in Breakfast of Champions
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Yeah. Especially in the end. That was great.
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
I have a question over him though
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What is that?
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Well...I'm doing a project....featuring him and i'dlike it if a vonnegut read could...help me clearly understand his behavior toward people, his outlook, how he acts and what he thinks...alot clearer.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think Kilgore's character actually changes A LOT! He seems almost different from book to book. You'd probably have to do an analysis of him concentrating on a single story... not trying to analyze him in the entirety of Vonnegut's books.
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
then pleasde, I've not read them all really...do enlighen (btw it is a video project)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hooo boy. I really couldn't tell you anything all too insightful to tell the truth. I did most of my vonnegut reading more than five or six years go. I do remember that he would go from a humanist in one book, to a total anti-social jerk in the next. I think it just depended on Vonnegut's mood at the time, considering Trout was somewhat autobiograpical for Vonnegut.
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gollylagger Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
nice portrayal, very much like the image Mr. Vonnegut painted in my head :+fav:
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's great! I'm glad to hear it.

Thanks for the fav too!
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Op-Hop Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007   Writer
Ahhhh, I love Kilgore Trout! Is it odd that I aspire to be him? I'm okay with being filler-space in dirty magazines.

Well done. This is simply awesome. :]
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well thank you so much. I have to admit that I admire him quite a lot too. I have a special place in my heart of semi-destitute old guys that spent their whole lives chasing a dream that never really panned out (Skink from the Carl Hiassen books, and The Emperor of San Francisco from the Christopher Moore books are two other Trout-esque characters that I admire). Probably because I'm afraid I'll end up like them some day.
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Clovis-Sangrail Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
this is the first Vonnegut-related artwork i've seen on DA. I like his hand
I love how Vonnegut will start rambling about one of his sci-fi stories midway through a paragraph. :trout:
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you much. I looked up Kilgore Trout not long after I uploaded this, and there are only a couple of other Vonnegut related drawings that I could find.
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darkboywonder Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
Sweet dude.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank ya!
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unsilentwill Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Oh God bless you sir...

Ting-a-ling!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ha ha. Nice. Thank you very much.
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Sketchbomb Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Yay! Vonnegut on Deviantart! My hero!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, that guy is seriously fantastic.
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S-prinkles Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Nice style, different, but really good.
Man I wouldn't like to run into him in the streets, he'd probably have a go at me for being young and then lecture me on something from his day.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, he'd probably just start screaming about the air being poison, or something along those lines.
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Sarcastastic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
It's well done, and you definitely have the abstract thing down.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you much man. Glad to hear it.
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Sarcastastic Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
Any time buddy.
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rpg-chick Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Ohhhhh man.
His flesh = AMAZING.
Meaning his face and hand.
All that texture is so awesome :0D
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much. I was wondering if it was perhaps a bit much, but I really liked the outcome.
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rpg-chick Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
Oh no not at all.
That's what makes it so rad!
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Ruka-Poo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
THE BEST SCI-FI WRITER OF ALL TIME

you have good taste

and good style of art <3
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Trout or Vonnegut. Either way I guess it's sort of the same guy.

Thanks much!
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Ruka-Poo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
either one :B both are awesome.

though perhaps Vonnegut had a more fruitful career.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
h aha. Yeah. Definately more fruitful. Although, being fictional, Kilgore doesn't exactly need money.
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Ruka-Poo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
haha! yes, also a good point
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Blondeyetti Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
I've never read any books with this character in, but i like him already. The ink stain and the delicate coloured fish are my favourite bits.

That epitaph rivals spike milligan's. :P
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Trout is a bit of a main character in both Breakfast of Champions and Timequake. I really heavily recommend Breakfast of Champions.
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Blondeyetti Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
i'll definately look out for it! need some good brain crack :P
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That would probably be a pretty good discription of Vonnegut's books.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I like this style! Good work! :)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank ya much man. I appreciate it.
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