I’ve wanted to do a picture like this for a while, so I sat down and sketched it up today. Those of you who’ve seen part VI know that Tommy had a friend by the name of Allen Hawes who helped him dig up Jason’s grave (and became the first victim of part VI too.) I was really excited when I first watched the movie because I remember watching Hawes’s actor, Ron Palillo, in the show Welcome Back Kotter when I was younger. And, since his character in that show was my favorite, I just knew I had to try drawing Hawes and Tommy at least once.
Hawes seems like he probably smiled more than Tommy, even if it wasn’t always a happy smile. (Tommy on the other hand basically never smiled much until after he left the institution, and even then it’s rare.) But according to the novelization, Tommy’s literally Allen’s only friend, so I figure that would at least warrant a smile. The picture’s probably from sometime a bit before they’re released, and it’s probably gotten crumpled and torn a bit before someone stuck it in an album for safe keeping. It’s probably a painful memory for Tommy, too, but he keeps it around for Hawes’s sake.