Welcome to the Ward

February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am 4 comments

Posted by: PMurphy
Book: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
(purchase on Amazon)

illustrated by PMurphy“My name is McMurphy, buddies, R. P. McMurphy, and I’m a gambling fool.”


If you are unfamiliar with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” here is a very brief description…

The story is set in a mental ward and narrated by Chief Bromden, a large Native-American man with schizophrenia.  Chief Bromden often describes the institution as “The Combine”.  The Combine is a machine to keep patients in a state of limbo and it is headed by the sadistic Nurse Ratched.  None of the patients in the ward challenge Nurse Ratched’s twisted way of conducting therapy.  They are afraid to do so because they may be sent to electro-shock therapy or worse.  The ward is disrupted by a boisterous, energetic patient named McMurphy.  He is the one to challenge Nurse Ratched’s system.  He is like a guiding light for those patients caught in the fog of the Combine.

So, for my first drawing, I’m showing McMurphy’s entrance to Nurse Ratched’s ward.  I’m keeping this electric color palette throughout the P.B.R. project because I think it’s a nice contrast to the subject matter.  The bright colors were also inspired by the fact that author, Kesey, was using psychedelics while visiting psych wards and writing the book.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sbosma  |  February 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I snuck a peak at this earlier this morning before it was posted and had a hard time keeping that secret. Really wonderful stuff. I haven’t read the novel, but I’ve seen the film a few times, and this is a really nice accompaniment to those visuals. Looking forward to the rest!

  • 2. Matt Kish  |  February 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

    This is fantastic! Something so unexpected, and yet so fitting. Your “electric color palette” is mindblowing, and I was absolutely thrilled to see the sinister machinery strapped on Nurse Ratched’s back clearly demonstrating the insidious presence of The Combine. Brilliant!

  • 3. Joesu Sepulveda  |  February 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    This blog or w/e is about to have a year but I have to say that it’s really good and I have surley watched the movie and read the novel and this is truley amazing work that you have done and I know you have had a lot of effort making this and I want to congratulate you for it! Good Job & looking foward for more of your works! xD

  • 4. Liz Frost  |  July 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I just read the book and watched the movie for this. I realized that the only way that the book could really be represented well was through cartoon. Naturally, I googled “one flew over the cuckoo’s nest cartoon” and discovered this. These pictures gave me hope that the meaning of the book was not lost to the arts.


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