You guys remember Trapper Keepers and those crazy airbrushed MEAD folders from the 90's? Got the awesome opportunity to buy an original from one of my heroes, Gary Locke, on ebay this week. My wife agreed that this is my Christmas, birthday, Christmas, birthday, and anniversary present for the next couple years. So excited!!!
If you get a chance, check out Gary's blog at:
Amazing illustrator and committed Christian as well. If you don't follow his blog, you should!
Ok, fanboy moment over, I gotta go draw some M&M's!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Had an AMAZING opportunity to visit a real working MOVIE SET this past week! So proud of Chris Whaley, my father in law, who's book "The Masked Saint" (available here) is being turned into a movie as we speak!
The cast, crew, and everyone involved treated us like family and we were genuinely sorry to leave...Tim Horton's. I mean...we were sorry to leave our new friends in Canada. I can't say enough good things about the great people we met. Almost everything you'd imagine about "movie people" was pleasantly incorrect about this crew. There were no prima donnas, no real drama, and to be honest, if it weren't for the headsets, you'd be hard pressed to tell who the "important" people were on set. Everyone was diligent, focused, and refreshingly humble and gracious.
I know you've probably heard actors on tv complain about their long days and you ask yourself, "Really? How hard could it be?". Well, I will tell you that after seeing this cast and crew up before sunrise every morning, on set, working 10-14 hours per day, I can say unequivocally that making a movie is genuinely hard work.
The sheer amount of hands and feet required to set up a single shot was mind-boggling. For a mere 15 seconds or so of film, virtually every hand was involved. Once that shot was done and they wanted to shoot it from a different spot, every hand had to move once again. It was an immense and spectacular sight to behold.
I could go on and on, and I hope to be able to talk more about it soon, but until then, I thought I'd share a few sketches I did of the cast and crew who were so nice to us. In order, this is the director, Warren, the Assistant Director, Miguel, and Assistant Director, John. (I hope I got those job titles correct).
These were done in the hotel / airport lobby with my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in ArtFlow and Sketchbook Pro. Still getting used to the tablet, but it was fun just the same.
Check out the website here and keep your eyes open for the movie! Should be body-slamming into a theatre near you next fall!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A friend sent me this picture of the M&Ms World London guards I painted last year actually printed on the side of a bus IN LONDON! (Thank heavens I painted this at 300 dpi). Whew!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Been doing some doodles recently with a pastor friend I really admire. I don't usually relate well to people in "ministry", because I've always felt like I had a bit of a twisted sense of humor that didn't fit well in the church setting.
After meeting my friend, Doug, and my wife's father, Chris, who is also a pastor, I've realized that there are pastors out there with even MORE twisted senses of humor than my own. I can't imagine how you deal with the stresses and troubles of quite possibly THE MOST THANKLESS job in history without a great sense of humor.
That said, hopefully there's more to come, but this is one of the ideas we were batting around just for fun. Hope you enjoy it!
Monday, July 29, 2013
Man, I love Mythbusters.
I don't know if it's the fact that I'm getting a little older or what, but there just seems to be less and less on tv lately. I find myself watching (if I watch anything at all) shows that are entertaining and at least a little bit informative. Mythbusters, for me, has been my go-to entertainment for years and since they added the majority of their seasons on Amazon Prime, I've been kind of on a Mythbusters bender lately.
Anyway, I got asked earlier in the spring to do caricatures at a few local jazz and art festivals, so I did this as a demo to hang in my booth. I cheated and sketched it out a little first, so it's not a true "theme-park" sketch where you just go at it with a marker, but that's ok.
Maybe I'll do the Pawn Stars or American Pickers guys next, I bet they'd be a LOT of fun to draw. :)
Family portraits / caricatures are one of the most fun things I get to do for my friends from time to time. They're always so appreciative and gracious. The only bad thing is that I find that they are often occasioned by the family's departure from our lives.
Such is the case with my buddies from church, the Livings family. George is probably one of the most creative writers I've ever known and he's been on staff in our music department for several years now. I credit him with re-igniting a passion in me to bring artistic excellence to the church in any area I can. To credit his immense creative contributions to mere talent would be to diminish the sheer amount of hard work he puts in to writing, composing, and directing the multiple musical performances at our church each year (along with the other extremely creative and talented members of our staff as well, of course).
His wife as well has shown that yes, Baptists CAN DANCE IN CHURCH...and dance well at that! We'll miss them greatly at First Orlando, but it's my hope that God blesses their efforts at their new home church in Staten Island, NY.
Best of luck, guys!
Friday, July 26, 2013
But when I do, I prefer to draw for my buddies from Congo River Golf here in Orlando. They're great guys who happen to go to my church and gave me a shout to do some doodles for their scorekeeping app. Here's a few of them, hope you like them!
Monday, July 8, 2013
Happy belated fourth of July, everyone!
I have not posted in a VERY long time which may seem totally lame (and it is), but I assure you that it's been because I've been very busy with some VERY cool projects at work. Been traveling, teaching at church a bit, and just enjoying time with my wife as much as possible. (Been getting noticeably more mushy and sentimental in my old age).
Nonetheless, here's a belated little doodle I rushed out on my lunch break on July 4th.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A little technique demo I tried in Art Rage. I'm trying to replicate some of the magic of the CF Payne technique digitally and I'm including this process gif to show how it transpired. There's a lot I still need to work on, but for a quick evening's worth of doodling, I was happy with what I've learned so far.
Enjoy, everyone, and God bless!