kitty (and pup) pals

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!

 

Just the three of us (for now…)

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!

 

Now with kung-fu grip!

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.

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tis the skeeson!

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!

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day 137…”I ain’t here to break it, just see how far it will bend”

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!

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day 114…the chicken man!

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.

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day 112…new jersey’s own…

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!

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day 108…eek! migraines!

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.

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day 66…happy birthday Mama!

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.

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day 65…i’ll get you my pretty!

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!

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day fifty one…that’s two thus far, Shooter!

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!

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day forty seven…morrissey dreams of chickens

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!

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day thirty-one…Ryan v. Ventura

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!

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day twenty six…happy birthday nathan!

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.nathan and chewy

day twenty-four…good times never seemed so good…

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!neil diamond

day nineteen…i’ve got a chip on my shoulder

…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 ;)

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day fourteen – baby, you’ve got a stew going!

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!carl weathers

i ain’t here to break it, just see how far it will bend…

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.
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the british are coming!

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!
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