Sunday, September 6, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
If any of you reading this know me, you know I am a life-long, hardcore Groo fan and Popeye fan. I've been drawing them since I was 7 years old. I read their books, collect what I can afford of their merchandise, etc. My lifelong dream (and I do have a few of those) is to professionally draw Groo and/or Popeye. Since Groo's creator Sergio Aragones and his cohort Mark Evanier have both voiced that if Sergio doesn't draw Groo, NOBODY does, I will never have the chance at the mendicant barbarian. But Popeye the Sailor has been published in recent years, beginning a regular new comic book series that unfortunately ended by its 12th issue, and then "Comic Classics" stories. These books are reprints of Bud Sagendorf's run on Popeye comics in the 50s on. Ok, so I can't draw a regular series. I tried and was not accepted. Well, the "Comic Classics" have variant covers to the issues, and have used artwork of professional cartoonists and fan art. FANTASTIC!!! I was sending samples and submissions since just before the new series began (I think it was 2011 or 2012) up until as recently as June. Nothing. I've been drawing Popeye since I remember drawing! I have studied him, the various E.C Segar creations as well as Sagendorf characters, and thought I represented the character well. That's what was looked for in the series, but I don't recall if I sent sequential art or not (sequential art is artwork that tells a story panel-to-panel or step by step, like a storyboard for a movie. THAT'S one of the biggest things editors and publishers look for in artists, not just art quality). But the variant covers wouldn't require sequential art! I love the character and try my best to show that through my illustrations. I don't want to veer from the classic style. Why mess with perfection (not my drawing of Popeye, the perfection that is Segar's characters)? Then I start to see the variants coming in for "Comic Classics" and they are WILD, abstract takes on Popeye. I find that I cannot do what they're looking for. I am not abstract. Don't get me wrong; I'm not bad-mouthing the covers that grace the covers. It's that they were NOT what I expected to see. The styles are beyond my wheel-house. I don't want to alter my vision of Popeye. I even TRIED to make some "wackier" styles, but they also were not accepted. I also can't get feedback. WHY am I not good enough? I've dreamed my entire life to draw for POPEYE, and when I was hipped to the news that the publisher was going to start a new POPEYE comic and they were looking for artists, I thought I'd be a shoe-in.
You tell me, and I'm not looking to boost my ego, but what do you think? What is wrong with how I draw Popeye?
You tell me, and I'm not looking to boost my ego, but what do you think? What is wrong with how I draw Popeye?
Friday, June 12, 2015
Hey! Guess who's LAZY? THIS GUY!!!!! I've become an awful blogger. To be fair, though, this blog is about my art and my art career, and the last year-and-a-half has not been focused on art. BUT, I have been working on stuff, but mainly illustrations. If you would like to see what I've done lately, click HERE I WILL post the drawing I did for my favorite wrestler (I don't follow wrestling anymore, but as a kid and in the early/mid/late 90s I did) Rowdy Roddy Piper that I gave him at the Motor City Comic Con in May with two of my three kids.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Here's the thing: I've tried for over 20 years to meet my heroes & inspirations. There's no thrill like coming face-to-face with the person or persons who inspire and have inspired you to do what you do. I have, through my abilties in art, met my heroes. I take great pride in that. I have accomplished all but one: the GREAT Jack Nicholson. I merely want to meet him face-to-face, for only a few minutes, and give him artwork I've created for him personally. He's always lit up the screen for me since I saw "Batman" at the age of 12, and around that time when my dad had me watch "The Shining" and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". He inspires my art & made me want to act (but I can't, NOR can I memorize lines). #HelpNuttallmeetNicholson If I could accomplish this, I will complete my PERSONAL "Bucket List" (see what I did there?). This is why I want to campaign to meet Mr. Nicholson. Chances are, he'll not be coming to Michigan any time soon. It would require me traveling to California, or maybe Aspen. If know me, you know my passion for my craft and my fascination with Jack. If you believe in this, please help spread this around, and use the hashtag #HelpNuttallmeetNicholson Thank you.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
I haven't had any specials in a year, because I haven't been practicing the arts other than the occasional caricature gig (which I'm still available for), but here's one for Christmas for comic book fans! I'm offering 8x10 comic book character drawings for $15 if anyone's interested. Drawn and painted. Contact me if interested. It'd make a great gift (if shipping's needed, price changes slightly)!! I can also expand the offer to cartoon characters, as well. Just contact me via Facebook or by e-mail- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Since Nuttall Art Studio closed, the artwork has been in a storage unit, as have my supplies. In an act of need, I'm selling artwork that was previously not for sale. Some of these HAVE been up for sale, but those from the "My Heroes" series were never available. Until now. For prices, contact me at email@example.com
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I don't post much anymore, but that's because I don't do much anymore. I will, however, be doing caricatures, cartoons and super hero sketches at the "Art on the Street" Fabulous Friday in downtown West Branch, Michigan THIS Friday from 6pm-9pm. Caricatures are going to be $10 and cartoons/super hero sketches are $2. I don't know where I'll be downtown, but I'll be there. I won't be displaying any artwork.
Monday, April 14, 2014
I do want to mention here that I AM still available for events, drawing caricatures and/or cartoon sketches. If the event wants guests to buy their own drawing, I charge that event $50 (plus travel expenses, if out of town) and guests $10 per sketch. If the event wants the guests to get their drawings for FREE, I charge the event $100 (plus travel expenses). Here are a couple samples-
Saturday, April 12, 2014
As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting AT ALL here on me ol' blog. Well, it's because I haven't done anything. I have been hired to a regular "real" job, but nothing art-related. I am, however, considering having a special to raise money so I can take my kids to the Motor City Comic Con in May (a few of their favorite comic artists will be there and I want them to be able to get sketches done. They can be pricey). If so, it might be " 11x14 of your favorite cartoon character/superhero for only $10!" or " 8x10 drawing for only $30!", but I haven't decided. If I did have a special, which would YOU take advantage of? Keep in mind that I'm not doing "the art" much at all anymore, so this really is a rare chance.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Since closing Nuttall Art Studio November 2nd, 2013, I have only been working on projects that I'd been previously hired for. They were projects for clients for Christmas. These are the pieces- And on November 2nd, I competed in Art de Combat 8 at Enchante` Gallery in West Branch. I tied first place by drawing this oil pastel in 3 hours- I have also changed my appearance drastically for the first time in 14 years, but I won't be posting an image of THAT.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Starting today: HALF OFF all artwork in the studio until Friday, November 1st. If you want to see what is in the studio, view photos here or visit the studio. LAST special of the the studio. Tell yer friends 'n' neighbors. Ceramics NOT INCLUDED in this sale!!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
NOVEMBER 1st NUTTALL ART STUDIO WILL BE CLOSING ITS DOORS. One week from tomorrow will be the last day NUTTALL ART STUDIO will be open. It wasn't an easy decision, but there just hasn't been enough business to bring in monthly rent in the last few months, and there's not enough interest by the community. For 3 years I've struggled to keep this studio open, with MANY near-closings. But I look around the studio and I built it. I MADE that studio. Each piece of artwork on the walls was carefully placed, as well as carefully created. I turned a small office space and an ignored storage room into what it is today. And next week, it reverts back to a small office space and a storage room next door. I've had alot of help keeping the studio open this long, but I get tired of asking for help. I don't want to be that guy. People keep asking me what I'll do when the studio closes. Grieve. I'm constantly looking for a job, and now it's just that much more important to find one. I've been looking for 4 years and applied dozens of times to many companies, but I never get a call back or if I do, I don't get hired. Any projects I haven't finished for paying clients I will finish at home. I cannot conduct a business from my domicile, however, due to rules and regulations of the apartment complex owners. The artwork in the studio will be put in a storage unit and lessons will no longer be offered. I think that answers all the questions people have asked since I've had to face this reality. Oh, except that I don't see myself working on art after paid projects are finished. If you would like to buy artwork you've seen in the studio, contact me ASAP. If you would like to show your support of what I do, please attend ART de COMBAT 8 on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at Enchante` Gallery on Refinery Rd. in West Branch, Michigan. You can view the event on the Facebook event page HERE or on the Enchante` Gallery website HERE . It costs $20 to enter the event,and from there you vote for your favorite artwork being created on the spot, and eat and drink ALL you WANT!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
This Saturday, September 28th, at Nuttall Art Studio, is a Customer Appreciation Day. The 2 goals for this are: to show my customers my thanks and to raise money to keep the studio open so the local schools can continue to be offered free tours and lessons (while touring), so lessons are still available for all ages, and much more. Bring money. Tell your friends and family. IF YOU BELIEVE in this studio and/or my artwork, stop in. It goes from 12:30-5:30, with snacks and drinks. If you attend, you WILL NOT walk away empty-handed!! Please make sure you sign the sign-in sheet, or put your name on a slip of paper and put in the "attendance" box with your e-mail or mailing address. Also, I will have a donation box at the event to raise funds for a portrait for Nate Payne's family. A West Branch family has lost a member of their family, and the father is in critical condition in the hospital after the two were involved in a car accident. It has shaken the community quite a bit, as he was a popular kid. I want to help, but since I'm struggling to keep the studio (and my sanity), I can only give what I can offer, which is my ability to draw and paint. I will accept ANY amount donated and do a drawing or painting for the family of Nate Payne and his family. If I wasn't throwing this event to save the studio, I would do the artwork for free, and to frame it costs money. I wouldn't want to give them artwork that they have to frame. The family WILL get the drawing at no cost to them. Please spread the word.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I did illustrations for a coloring book created by Louise Adkins of Hale, Michigan. It's called "Chuckwagon Adventures", printed by Big Horse Books in Hale. Mrs. Adkins is the owner of "Royal Carriage Company", specializing in horse-drawn carriages for events. I didn't draw the cover, but the illustration shown here is by yers truly. If you have kids who are horse-lovers, or just like to color!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
This would be a dream come true for me: Popeye and Groo crossover. It will never happen, so I entertain myself with these little scenes (I actually had, or have, a story mapped out where they WOULD crossover).