I’ve known Shelby, my friend and neighbor, for almost 7 years. We’ve watched each others’ pets while the other is on vacation. That’s trust right there. She has been such a good friend to me, and helped me with the deaths of two of my kitty pals over the years. To express my thanks, I wanted to surprise her with portraits of her furry family. One of her friends conspired with me; she snapped pictures of her gang and sent them my way to work from. See the finished project below. The canvases are small; four inches square and an inch an a half deep. The surprise unveiling was a success!
My buddy Seth from high school reached out to me to help him with a birthday surprise for his wife. He asked me to draw a portrait of him, with his wife and kiddo. Getting three people just right in a single photograph can be kind of difficult, so I used four separate photos to compile them in all one shot. Also, congrats to Seth and company, as they are expecting another baby!
It’s not all that often that I work in color. I was a little intimidated when I was asked by a fellow skee-ball player to draw portraits of his team members, the Skee-I Joes, in color. The illustrations would be assembled and photoshopped on to vintage GI Joe boxes and then used for the team and individual roller trading cards. Regardless of my initial concern, I was pleased with the outcome! See the portraits below, as well as the final result.
Fact: I play in a competitive skee-ball league. I’m stoked that they are having the fifth annual national championships (BBNC Brew skee-Ball National Championships) again in Austin! Not only was it fun attend, but also to compete! I’m even more stoked that I was asked to do some artwork for the flyers for the event! I drew a portrait of the top roller from every city, and I’m pretty pumped about the results! See below!
Two people that have had a huge influence on me as an artist, share a birthday! Simon Le Bon, with his amazing lyrics, and Roy Lichtenstein, my favorite artist of all time, are both born on October 27th! So, for today’s drawing, here is a Lichtenstein inspired Simon Le Bon!
Today’s drawing is in honor of the great Chuck D!
Today’s drawing is in honor of my favorite bass player, John Taylor!
Today’s drawing is in honor of one of my favorite showmen, Freddie Mercury!
Today’s drawing is inspired by something my mom and I always say. Whenever we listen to the Beatles album, “HELP!” we would usually skip the track, “Act Naturally,” and then say, “Sorry, Ringo.” No offense to Mr. Starr, but the original version kind of takes the cake!
Happy birthday to Josh Homme, who is celebrating a birthday today! Inspiration is a pretty awesome motivator, and Mr. Homme is able to inspire me with some clutch lyrics! From Queens of the Stone Age, to Desert Sessions, to Them Crooked Vultures, to Eagles of Death Metal, I’m always able to draw some sort of connection and then literally draw something. Thanks for the inspiration, birthday boy!
Today’s drawing comes by request of a friend, Mike, as a surprise Mothers’ Day gift for his wife, Dawn. They are the proud owners of one of my 9 inch by 9 inch contortionists, and I was super flattered that Mike asked me to create this piece. The hardest part was keeping this one a secret for a few days!
Today’s drawing is in honor of Mr. Final Countdown, GOB…otherwise known as Will Arnett. It’s his birthday today, and he is the subject of today’s drawing! Super pumped for the new season of Arrested Development, btdubs!
Today’s drawing is of Phil Collins, who used to be my musical guilty pleasure. Note the past tense, as i don’t feel guilty about it anymore! So here he is, pictured as if we were still in the early eighties…
Today’s drawing comes from one of my favorite episodes of The League. Here is a drawing of the Crawdad Man. You should probably keep an eye on your equipmunk!
If there’s one thing I love almost as much as baseball, it’s all the superstitions that surround the game. In fact, I may or may not have torn four ligaments in my ankle, while pitching in a rec softball game, imitating the Mets relief pitcher, Turk Wendell, hopping a foul line. But! Today’s drawing is about the Boston Red Sox former third baseman, Wade Boggs. Besides his epic mustache, he had numerous superstitions, including eating chicken before every game. This earned him the nickname, The chicken man.
Today is Jack Nicholson’s birthday…and he is also the subject of today’s drawing! I really enjoy taking requests for these one-a-day-ish drawings and this one came from my buddy, Zack. He and I went to high school together in New Jersey, and little did I know when I moved to Austin, he was already here! Bonus! Jack Nicholson also hails from the garden state; it’s a trifecta!
Have you ever had a migraine? They are quite awful, often lasting days. I totally jinxed myself when a co-worker when home with a migraine. Like a dummy, I said out loud, “been a while since I’ve had a migraine.” Clearly, the universe was listening as I had one come on later that night…and it lasted for 2 more days. BUT! The universe also did me a solid, by having something good come out of something so shitty. So today’s drawing is my interpretation of a migraine.
The subject of today’s drawing is none other than Mr. Mike Tyson. This drawing comes by request of my mother who will be attending his “Undisputed Truth” on Tour in a few days. Here he is, with his tiger consciences…
I’m not really sure how or why, but the infomercial guitar player, Esteban, came up in conversation the other night. Anycrap, here he is, the subject of today’s drawing.
Gawrsh! I’ve been a little behind in posting, but thankfully not behind in creating artwork!
Today’s drawing is pretty much what I used to look like while I was 13. OK fine, you got me…it’s of a Third Rock from the Sun era Joseph Gordon-Levitt! But I must say, in my freshman tomboy awkwardness, I really did look a little like this:
Today is my fellow Persian, the Iron Sheik’s birthday! So he is the subject of today’s drawing. When I was growing up in the 80s, pro-wrestling was a pretty big deal. It was campy, with larger than life characters, that certainly knew how to entertain and sell a punch or two.
Today is Darryl Strawberry’s birthday! Which makes him the subject of today’s drawing! Here he is in his rookie year with the Mets!
Today is the birthday of the most incredible woman I know. She has endless amounts of wisdom, carries herself with grace, is an amazing artist and teaches art to inner city children, knows how (and when) to be silly, and is absolutely gorgeous. Lucky for me, she also happens to be my mother! This is her High School photograph from her senior year.
Today’s drawing is a commissioned piece by my friend Chopper! He’s an amazing photographer and guitar tech, and he travels the world making bands sound awesome while taking bad ass photos! You should check out his photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wanderingchopper
Anyway, here is his request, the Wicked Witch of the West in all her witchiness!
Happy Birthday to Daniel Craig, the latest 007. I must admit that Roger Moore is my absolute favorite Bond, but Mr. Craig is a close second.
Happy birthday to Harry Caray, announcer for the Chicago Cubs. I really really love drawing people with thick glasses. Tons of fun and super challenging to capture all the distortion. I probably need to get out more. ;)
Here is my favorite Beatle, fellow pisces, and endless source of inspiration, George Harrison!
Today is my birthday, and clearly it’s going to be a good year as I am turning Ewing years old! So here he is, Patrick Ewing, with some Emperor Palpatine styled electric fingers!
I have been thinking about working on some super villain portraits lately. So, today’s drawing is of the sweeter side of Jaws from the James Bond movies, The Spy who Loved Me and Moonraker. There’s something rather endearing about Jaws; as if he’s some kind of gentle giant and he’s stuck with these scary metal teeth. I was certainly glad he found love at the end of Moonraker!
Today’s drawing is inspired by my dear friend, superhero hair stylist, and fellow handy bitch, Shannon! We have worked on a ton of home improvement projects together, so much so that the local home depot is convinced we’re a couple! Anyway, Shannon’s latest project has been a chicken coop in her backyard, and she spends a lot of time tending to the chicks. She also is a Morrissey fan…which brings us today’s drawing…just in time for her 30th birthday!
Today’s drawing is another commissioned piece for my friends/neighbors, Ric and Paul, of their puppy, Truman! He is just too cute! This was meant to be a Valentine’s gift from Ric to Paul, but the surprise was unable to be kept for too long. I may or may not have encouraged the early gift-giving! Whoopsies!
Today’s drawing is for my dear friends, Michelle and Jason, and the birth of their baby boy, Felix! Michelle and Jason were the very first friends I made in Austin, and I adore them! So, here’s the beastie boys helping to welcome Felix!
Happy Birthday to Rick Astley! Fact: he only made $12 from all the hits (58 million views!) on his you tube video, “Never gonna give you up” that was used for the prank called Rick Rolling. For the record, I totally had this cassette back in the day…
Today is Groundhog Day! And today’s drawing is in honor of the movie, Groundhog Day (go figure!). This is one of my favorite scenes where Bill Murray is letting the groundhog drive and coaching him not to drive angry :)
Happy Birthday to Nolan Ryan! This is probably one of the most famous fights in Major League Baseball history, the fight between Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura. I might add that both of these players were New York Mets at some point in their career; Ryan as a member of the 1969 “Miracle” Mets that won the world series. Now that I’m residing in Texas, I can proudly say I’m glad Ryan’s only championship was with the Amazins. Ya gotta believe!
Today’s drawing is of Mr. Tom Selleck, who is celebrating a birthday today. He looks even more majestic in turquoise. As does his mustache.
Tomorrow is my friend Nathan’s birthday! And since I’ve been taking Sundays off, today’s drawing is dedicated to him! Our friendship has been compared to step-siblings, because we bicker and fight, and then immediately switch to falling on the floor laughing. He excels at his formula of making fun of me and then giving me a hair complement. BUT! He’s a great friend and we’ve had a ton of fun over the past 5 years. So, here he is playing the role of Han Solo, who is playing the role of a Storm trooper.
Today’s drawing comes from request of a former co-worker of mine, Jose. We worked together when I was living in Arizona. Jose was always MacGyver’ing things, which earned him the nickname of the Professor. Anyway, he requested a collection of people born on this day, January 24th, dressed as the three amigos. However, being the realist I try to be, I figured I could only commit to one portrait. So…here’s Mr. Neil Diamond, who is turning a glorious 72 years old today!
…and it’s sour cream and onion. The idea for this piece came out of a discussion about introspection, and the value in taking a pretty hard look at oneself. At the same time, I think it’s really important not to take yourself too seriously! Insert the artwork below…and I LOVE potatoes ;)
That phrase was spoken by James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader! It’s Mr. Jones’s birthday today, so I decided to celebrate with a portrait of the voice behind the mask!
Today, January 14th is the birthday of a Mr. Carl Weathers!
I must celebrate his awesomeness with a portrait! From Rocky (III is my favorite) to Predator, to Happy Gilmore to Arrested Development – he takes the cake. Or! the bones…don’t waste them…you could get a stew going!
This portrait of Josh Homme was a christmas gift for my dear friend, AngieB. For the past five years, Angie and I have left each other post-its of song lyrics on each others’ desks. It’s pretty rad to walk into work and have a little lyrical treat waiting for you on your desk. I really appreciate Angie’s love of music, and I have found a kindred spirit who manages to internalize and obsess over lyrics in a such a familiar way.
I love working on portraits! I find it challenging to capture a person’s face; there’s tons of angles, planes, shapes, and shadows to decipher, and then translate onto paper. With that being said, I have a dedicated a wall in my living room to portraits of Englishmen! The latest to join the faces of Simon LeBon, George Harrison, Roger Moore, Gordon Ramsey, and Daniel Craig is…a Mr. Alex Turner, frontman of the Arctic Monkeys!