Argentinian Artist Inspired to Create Episodic ‘Pencil Postcards’

The Leftovers keeps inspiring artists to reinterpret the objects on the show. Seattle-based graphic designer Andy Paroff creates weekly “minimalist posters,” and now, similarly, Argentinian filmmaker, writer, and columnist Pablo Martin has been inspired to draw what he calls a “left behind” object from each episode that he’s posted on his Tumblr.

“I was really blown away by this show, and immediately I know this was going to be one of those shows you want to re-watch searching for details and have fun with theories, as we all are now,” Martin says. “I need to express my fascination somehow. I end up doing these pencil-polaroid postcards.” The versions of the artwork on Martin’s Tumblr are paired with a quote, but here, the artist explains some of his inspiration behind each piece.

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Episode 1: “Pilot”
“I really love these bird balloons from the ‘Pilot,’ I think they are a perfect representation of the whole ‘letting go’ theme of the show.”

Episode 2: “Penguin One, Us Zero”
“I was thinking about this bagel the whole episode; I was as obsessed as was Kevin with it. And for some reason, it remind me of what Wayne said to Tom when he rejected the hug. This bagel was cut into pieces, it’d suffered and it’s burned now, it cannot be saved.”

Episode 3: “Two Boats and a Helicopter”
“This simple jar of peanut butter represents so much: karma, faith, hope, salvation, sins, a test, a boat. I had to draw it.”

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Episode 4: “B.J. and the A.C.”
“As a television writer, I know how hard Christmas episodes are, and I have to say, this one was amazing, one of my top favorite of all times. I love that this lighter was the ‘light of hope’ of this dark episode.”

Episode 5: “Gladys”
“We will forever remember what Gladys left us.”

Episode 6: “Guest”
“This is definitely one of my favorite episodes of Season 1. For me, this grenade sums up Nora during the whole episode. She was this grenade about to explode. And she did…many times, in many ways.”

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Episode 7: “Solace for Tired Feet”
“As the smiley face phone, Tom’s faith and purpose was thrown against a wall, and now it’s broken.”

Episode 8: “Cairo”
“I picked this teddy rabbit for so many reasons: In my opinion, when Jill found it on the floor, it was the first sign that Nora wasn’t as ‘okay’ as she said, she tied up the whole room, she even hid the gun, but somehow she couldn’t move her daughter’s toy. This toy is a hostage of her grief. As the dog at Garvey’s house, as Patti in Cairo. And this perfect line from Patti ties everything up: ‘Can’t let me go, won’t let me die.’”

Episode 9: “The Garveys at Their Best”
“After watching ‘The Garveys at Their Best’ I knew exactly what to draw. And I knew Andy Paroff would probably draw the same, but I had to do it anyways. This mug pretty much sums up this episode. The mug, as every character in this episode, can’t keep pretending anymore, can’t hold everything inside, it started to leak, and it shows.”

Martin is on Tumblr, as well as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.