'Errol'

Oil on canvas 
51 x 41 cm

Errol is a 55-year-old Dutchman, working as the head of maintenance & engineering of the fleet of ambulances in a large hospital.
Last summer his weight scales tipped 150 kilograms for the first time in his life. Hence he wanted to spend his 2-weeks summer holiday cycling about 300 kilometres along the beach and lakes.

On the first night of his trip he met Edgar in a bar. Edgar’s job is to guard the cabins on the beach to prevent people from sleeping in them. Out of intense boredom Edgar had just decided to get as drunk as humanly possible.
Our Errol found that a terrific idea.

After emptying three-quarters of a bottle of whisky Errol and Edgar sang ‘Black Betty’ in karaoke for a full 15 minutes, to the great enjoyment of the other guests. As a token of thanks for paying the bill, Edgar provided our big guy with illegal access to one of the beach cabins, so he didn’t need to search for a hotel at 2 AM with his fully loaded bike.

Edgar made it home by car, alive.

Errol is doing fine.
After 6 months he had already lost 19 kilograms.

Original pencil sketch