Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Van Halen tribute painting

 If you don't already know, Van Halen was MY FAVORITE BAND. Sammy Hagar is still my favorite musician, but I wouldn't have discovered the Red Rocker if it wasn't for VAN HALEN in 5th grade. That's when I discovered music as an important part of my life. Anyway, you can read a bit about my VH obsession and Sammy Hagar obsession HERE and HERE.

THIS painting, I feel, as of January 19, 2021 at 9:23am EST , is finished!

I'm not much of a watercolor artist, so I'm leery of making a photo realistic project out of watercolor. But, I had a successful watercolor piece recently and got cocky. Plus, the death of Eddie Van Halen in October 2020 still felt fresh and surprisingly hard to shake. I knew I wanted to do a portrait of Van Halen as a whole (with Sammy, that is. THAT is MY Van Halen. I loved all VH, but like the one offspring in every family, I liked David Lee Roth less). I went through countless images of the band, planning on drawing them in graphite as I appreciated them, as I remember them. It was going to be black and white,and I was doing a colorful oil painting of Eddie and Sammy jamming on stage.

  But, once I got the confidence after that little watercolor painting, my mind was set: large, colourful Van Halen tribute in watercolor! I started a NEW search for an image to work from, and found one that was burned into my memory from sophomore year in high school: 1993 Whiskey a-Go-Go concert VH played to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band playing that venue. It was staggering how the streets around the club were flooded with fans! Police werethere, helicopters and reporters swarming! News reports across the nation covered the hysteria. I was SO jealous because I couldn't be there. But I did see them later that year at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan!

This painting is the BIGGEST watercolor painting I've ever done (before this, I did some 9" x 1 2" illustrations ) at 

36" x 24", or 3ft x 2ft. I might enter this into ArtPrize this year!

Friday, January 15, 2021

Celebrate 92 years of Popeye the Sailor by Drawing Popeye w/ Artist Jaso...

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 4pm E ST I will be live streaming on YouTube to celebrate POPEYE turning 92!! I'll be making some new videos on my channel and maybe live stream on the Nuttall Art Facebook group page,, doing some drawing and painting of various Popeye characters while answering questions and talking about one of my 2 favorite characters of all time! Spread the word! The link above should take to the live Youtube video on Sunday. If that doesn't work, try this: https://youtu.be/eQJxBTYvi2k

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Invigorated in Art!!

 As the year 2021 begins, I've somehow gotten a new lease on creating art! I'm working on 3 separate projects of my own, and I'm excited to work on them, which I haven't felt that way about drawing or painting in...well, years, really! I don't know what it is, but I am enthusiastic about getting back to these projects every day! I even want to skip work, meals and sleep to keep at it!! 

These pieces are not being made to sell. Just for me and to maybe put in an exhibit, who knows? 

These ARE works in progress. The b&w graphite drawing of cartoonist (and idol) Sergio Aragones`  is 18" x 24"

W.I.P. oil painting of Sammy Hagar and the late Eddie Van Halen is 12" x 1 6"

this image is of my largest watercolor painting ever. I'm not much of a watercolor artist, so this is quite a challenge, at 36" x 24", or 3 ft x 2ft of Van Halen at the Whisky a Go-Go in 1992, I think? Van Halen has been my BAND since I started listening to music in 5th grade. All Van Halen was great, but when I discovered them, Sammy Hagar was the frontman and quickly became my favorite version of VH. This is my tribute to the band who could do no wrong (until Eddie fired Sammy in '96, that is). The VH pics are also in memory of my favorite guitarist (at one point in time), Eddie Van Halen.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Want art made for you for the holidays? Or just 'cuz?

 Anyone interested in some original artwork? Portrait? Cartoon character paintings? Superhero/supervillain mashups? 

EXAMPLE: Ever want to see Batman vs. Hellboy, or Hulk meets Aquaman? Have a favorite A Cartoon character but can't find wall art of them? Want a painting of your pet? 

Contact me asap for Christmas gift art! Jasonnuttall@yahoo.com

 Here are samples of my work. 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

A dream come true

When I went to Chester, Illinois and visited the Spinach Can Collectables and Popeye Museum, I was in heaven (well, heaven would be a Popeye and Groo Museum). And then I found this.
I had this coloring book when I was 4 years old and had it until I was 14. I used to draw the pictures from this coloring book, building my love of drawing and Popeye. This book, and a few Popeye Little Big Books, taught me how to draw. I now have all the books I had as a kid that inspired me to draw.I

Saturday, July 11, 2020

It's Good To Be The King

It's been awhile since I've painted a portrait, and I decided to make one of comedy legend Mel Brooks.
His movies and appearances have been a staple in my life, shaping my sense of humor and just bringing me great escapist entertainment.
The painting isn't done yet, but here's the work in progress. (REMEMBER: I'm not done with it, so corrections need to be made!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Postponement post

So, as is well known, most of the world is shut down due to Covid-19, including conventions and other events. So all my caricature and convention gigs have been cancelled.BUT, I've kept myself busy. Here are a few samples

Monday, February 24, 2020

Con Jobs

On occasion, I participate in a comic book convention as an artist in their artist alley. This year, so far, I'm actually doing 3:
 Joint Operation: Midland Comic Con March 7th- 8th at the Midland Mall in Midland Michigan
Really Cool Comic Con April 4 at Cleary University Campus in Howell, Michigan
Get Geek'd Expo, Lansing's Comic Con July 18th-19th at the Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan

I will doing caricatures, comic book and cartoon character sketches, and have original artwork on display and for sale. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Silly Faces

As you may or may not know, I draw caricatures. I occasionally get commissioned to draw caricatures and sometimes hired to draw them at events. These are examples of commissioned drawings for Christmas. The colorized caricatures cost a little extra. The small bodies were requested by the client.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

I'm continuing my "Heroes" series by adding to my "Popeye" section. This is a watercolor painting on bristol board I have been working on. It's not done yet.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019


I got in my head the other day while being goofy with my kids an old fashioned wrestling promo, but with Hulk Hogan and Doctor Octopus. So I added to it.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Artist at the Cherry Capital Comic Con!

I'm going to be in the Artist Alley at the 10th Annual Cherry Capital Comic Con in Traverse City, Michigan May 24-26th! I'll be selling this artwork and more, as well as drawing caricatures, comic book and cartoon sketches!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Coloring the Archies as the FF

I was inspired by the Archie artwork of Fernando Ruiz, a more recent Archie Comics artist, to do a little mashup of Archie's pals and the Fantastic Four (since The Thing is my favorite superhero character). I chose to film the coloring of the drawing. I used watercolor. I tried to speed it up so boredom wouldn't set in for viewers, but my abilities with technology are limited. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I just found some gag pages I drew a few years ago of Popeye material.They're from 2011