Wednesday, November 28, 2012

So, the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes an onslaught of projects-for-hire, so I am keeping busy! When I'm not working on commission art, however, I'm working on my own projects. Below is an example.
I'm also participating in the West Branch Art & Wine Walk December 1st at the Ogemaw County Historical Museum, along with my wife Melissa and her ceramics. December 6th I'll be doing caricatures at the Tolfree Foundation dinner at the Willow Tree Restaurant (I AM available for hire at parties! :D )

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What happens when you come to the Studio

When people come to my studio, I don't try to sell them anything. I try to show them around, tell them what I do, answer questions and let them look around on their own. Quite often, I just continue to work while they're there. It's NOT a shop! And if kids come in, they get a FREE cartoon sketch (like Garfield or Popeye, Ninja Turtle or Bugs Bunny, etc).

Friday, October 5, 2012

Just a little rantin'

The title of Artist carries more responsibilities than one thinks. It's not just the talent of the artist; it's the technical aspects (matting, framing, proportions, colors and values, etc), Customer Service, Sales Representative, Management, Finances, Tech Support, Supply Manager, Advertising. And it's not 9-5. When I'm not in the studio, I'm usually at the computer, trying to spark interest in what I do. I try to create specials and events to benefit the public, while still drawing attention to what I do. It's a 24 hour struggle deciding what to create that would sell, and putting all personal projects on the back-burner. Many self-employed people have similar struggles. It's not making food during your shift and going home and changing into your street clothes (I did that for 9 years, 12 if you count pizza delivery). It's seeing what's popular everywhere I go. Ideas spark any given moment of the day on how to improve something. Failures and shortcomings mulling around in your head as you try to sleep. I've become self-conscious about how the world percieves me, because I feel that if they see me, they try to avoid me so they don't have to hear about my art. If I send an e-mail, does it automatically get thrown out before being read? Am I now just "Jason Nuttall, Artist for Hire"? I would be fine with that, if it's in the positive sense and not like "Don Berslavsky, Insurance Agent" who nobody wants to be around. (Don Berslavsky is a name I just made up. If you know a Don Berslavsky, it's purely coincidence).

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Workin' for the Money

I did my 3rd "Hale Hot Air Balloon Fest Art Battle" yesterday, and placed 3rd and got the People's Choice award. This was a first, in that judges were selected rather than the general public buying tickets and placing their ticket as their vote for who they liked most. That's what the People's Choice Award was this year. Alot of battles are chosen by the public, which, in theory is a great idea. It can be fun and give the artists an idea of how their work is perceived by passers-by. HOWEVER, some artists will stuff the ballot box by getting every man, woman and child in their family tree and graduating class to stop by and vote for them (and if it's a case of buying a ticket for $1, some of those people drop $5-$20 and vote for their friend or relative, in spite of the quality of work being created on the spot). It becomes a popularity contest. Dave might have 7 votes, and one was from his dear ol' granny, but Chloe got 13 votes, and 7 of them were from her friends who came by. Dave and his mom eat beans at home while Chloe and her chums hit the Sizzler and shopping after with her winnings. I'm not saying this happened yesterday. I'm not saying it happened at any specific art battle, but it does happen and it infuriates the artists (especially when you lay down $25-$30 just to enter the battle and get bubckus for it). I've had long conversations with other artists who compete around me, and they felt the same way. However, I enter as many as I can, because my full-time job is that of an artist, and I do enjoy these events. It boosts one's self-esteem with the onlookers praising your work, even you don't like it yourself. I was interested to see the results with judges. I was told they had criteria they had to follow, like a grading system. So, here's the drawing I did (because Lennon sells). It's 18x24 charcoal. It was also part of the silent auction. I have yet to find out how much it sold for.

Friday, September 7, 2012

NEW SPECIAL, making Fridays worthwhile!

I've decided to have "$50 Fridays", where if you visit the studio or call the studio number (989-701-7287)on Fridays, you can get a 16x20 drawing OR painting with up to 2 subjects for ONLY $50 (regular cost $160)!!! Money HAS to be in my hand on Friday, however. Each additional subject after 2 is $15. And, I do believe that TODAY is Friday....

Monday, August 27, 2012

Act NOW, not later!

If you've mentioned hiring me for artwork in the last few months, NOW would be a great time to follow through!! It's only $50 up front to begin a project and the rest is paid upon completion of the artwork!
This is about the time that I encourage people to get to me if they want artwork for the holidays so I have time to complete it and customers have time to pay for it. So, if your project isn't for the holidays, and you don't want your project to get pushed back due to the rush of holidays artwork, contact me SOON (plus, things are not going well for the studio, or Nuttall Art in general).

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Loss of a Legend.

I don't know why, but I'm taking Joe Kubert's death hard. And I'm feeling worse when I read comments by colleagues and students of his (from the Joe Kubert School Of Cartooning) about how great he was as a person and a teacher, not just as a legendary artist. I've always loved his sons' artwork (Andy and Adam Kubert) as well as his own, and found out later in life about his school. I looked into it and found that it's in New Jersey (if I remember correctly) and my financial aid wouldn't cover it.

I never had the honor of meeting him, but I almost feel like I have.

Friday, August 10, 2012

One Day Only for The Duke!

If you come into the studio, Nuttall Art Studio, on Saturday, August 10th, you can get this 24x36 charcoal drawing of John Wayne for only $150!! This size drawing is usually $432. This is a ONE DAY ONLY special!! Drawn from the film "The Shootist", which was John Wayne's last film, and my favorite of his movies.

Also, this charcoal drawing, an 18x24 (runs $216) of Eric Clapton, is only $100! Tell yer friends 'n' neighbors!

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Studio...on video!

Thanks to the talented Pauline Johnson, we have another installment of my docu-series, "The Studio". This was made a year or 2 ago, so you can see works-in-progress that are now completed in the background. Please visit the Youtube page and share your thoughts! You can view below or at THIS LINK

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Popeye in West Branch again?

Last year, I organized a "Popeye Day" at the West Branch Public Library, as part of the West Branch Children's Film Festival. Well, the festival is now defunct, but I'm thinking of doing another Popeye Day.
Popeye started in newspapers in a comic strip called "Thimble Theatre". His appearance was to be a bit part in January 1929. He became so popular, he became the main character and eventually it became "Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye", then "Popeye. In 1934, Fleisher Studios created the historical animated shorts "Popeye the Sailor". So Popeye has been in print for over 80 years and animated in one form or another for almost 80 years. He's one of, if not the first, American icons/heroes that is still around today, and I think that should be celebrated as often and anywhere possible.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Drawing Workshops In July!!!

I'm offering some workshops in West Branch, Michigan for ages 7-19. They take place at Nuttall Art Studio. Below is the info-

Cartooning For Kids Workshop (ages 7-11) ($20)
Thursday, July 12th - Saturday, July 14th from 10am-12pm

Comic Book Drawing For Kids Workshop (ages 7-11) ($20)
Thursday, July 12- Saturday, July 14 from 1pm-3pm

*Both classes for $30*

Cartooning For Teens Workshop (ages 12-19) ($20)
Thursday, July 26- Saturday, July 28 from 10am-12pm

Comic Book Drawing For Teens Workshop (ages 12-19) ($20)
Thursday, July 26- Saturday, July 28 from 1pm-3pm

*Both classes for $30*

Contact me at to sign up, or visit the studio to sign up or ask questions.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dress Up and Play!

As some of you may already know, I've organized an event in downtown West Branch, CosPlay (short for "costume play"). Basically, you dress up as your favorite cartoon, video game, super hero, movie, sci-fi, fantasy character. Pose for photos, interact with other fans of the genre. It's for ALL ages. If you've always wanted to dress as Frodo from Lord of the Rings, or Princess Leia from Star Wars, now's your chance! I'm hoping to organize a costume contest and I might do free cartoon/comic book sketches for a half hour, or maybe $1 a drawing. There will be some vendors selling toys and comics. It'll be fun. It's also the first weekend of "The Amazing Spider-Man" movie in theaters. So you can grab a flick while in town!
This takes place Saturday, July 7th from 4-7pm. If you want to participate in the costume contest, there'll be a table to sign up.
This is all FREE, by the way. Except vendors' products, of course. Here's an example of CosPlay:

Maybe there can be some re-enacted battles, like Star Wars vs. Star Trek, X-Men vs. Avengers. Who knows? And I'm hoping to make this an annual event.

Monday, June 18, 2012

In da PicTures

I haven't posted about this in awhile, but I WOULD appreciate if you check out the mini web series Pauline Johnson is creating about me and my art career. If you would "like" the videos and share it, maybe we can do more with it! This is kind of the first segment.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Let's Get It On (the drawing. Let's onto the drawing)

I did a drawing for a Bay City samaritan to give to Marvin Gaye III, son of legend Marvin Gaye. It's a charcoal drawing.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Hey there, cats 'n' kittens! It's been awhile since the last post, I know. I thought I'd share a recent drawing I did for "Blast the Blues" that's still in the studio. It's 18x24 charcoal of "Slowhand" Eric Clapton. Normally, I charge $216 for this size, but I'm only asking $100 for this one.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Times are tough, times are hard...

Originally this painting was for ads for a classic rock station, but they, well, quit taking my calls, basically. They wanted me to paint their top 10 bands they play. I put them, and added my own. They also wanted Roth-era Van Halen. I couldn't do that, so I put Hagar AND Roth with Eddie. I put in the "Michigan trifecta" of Seger, Nugent and Alice. I added Stevie Ray Vaughan. I put in the entirety of Zeppelin because that's how it should be. With Aerosmith, I just didn't wanna give Steven Tyler the facetime as the rep for the band.
Anyway, due to the size, it's $794, but right now I'm willing to take $400 for it. Tell yer friends 'n' neighbors.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Take advantage of me!!

NEW NEW Special!! 8x10 drawing or painting, with up to 2 subjects for ONLY $25!!!
Normally an 8x10 costs $40. With such a small size, it's hard to paint or draw more than 2 subjects. Contact me here or on Facebook or The offer ends April 15th!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rant on

I keep getting posts and updates about art competitions, but I can't enter them because they cost money and I have none. I haven't sold anything in too long and haven't been hired for anything in over a month. I'm 2 1/2 months late on rent. Things aren't looking good.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

End of March Special!

NEW SPECIAL: $50 for 11x14 drawing or painting (normally $77) with up to 3 subjects (each subject thereafter is an additional $15). Offer ends July 2nd!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Still goin'!

This is #4 in my "Sammy Flyin' High" series (I still don't have a title for the series. It's Sammy Hagar jumping), roughly 36x48 and done in oil paint. It's not done yet, but there's not alot left to do.

What I'm down with

I am trying to set up a few things in the West Branch area that I'm hoping will bring together the community a little bit-

CosPlay (short for "costume play",[1] is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and science fiction such as Disney.[citation needed] Favorite sources include cmanga, anime, tokusatsu,[clarification needed] comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa. There is also a subset of cosplay culture centered around sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters that are known for their attractiveness and/or revealing (even explicit) costumes.
Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centred around role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.)
in West Branch, maybe during one of the Fabulous Fridays events downtown.

Enchante Gallery Presents: Figure Drawing/Painting Workshop w/ Nuttall Art - I will be conducting a workshop on how to draw or paint the human figure with a live model. It takes place May 5th at Enchante` Gallery and the cost is $20 (to pay the male and female models and for use of the gallery)

NUTTALL ART STUDIO'S 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! - Saturday, April 21,from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at the studio. Free snacks, giveaways, and $1 raffle!

I'll also be doing events like the West Branch Art & Wine Walk, Blast the Blues at Dean Arbour, Fabulous Friday's Art in the Street, and maybe another Art de Combat.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Web series

This project's a few years in the making (it took a long time for the filmmaker to make me look interesting!), but Pauline Johnson of Detroit is making a web docu-series about my art. This is the first episode.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Sammy show Saga continues...

I am still trying to set up an exhibit focusing on my Sammy Hagar series (part of my "Heroes/Inspiration" series)in Detroit that coincides with the Chickenfoot concert (the band that Sammy is currently part of), to share my view with other Hagar fans (REDHEADS!!!). I'm not doing it to make money because my Sammy series is "Not 4 Sale" (title of one of his albums and songs). It's more for the exposure but mostly just to give the Redheads a place to go prior to the concert where they can walk around, hang out and not be in a drinking environment. I know that alot of concert-goers like to get blitzed before the show even starts, and to each their own, but this would be a safer environment. I also think that it would be great to get a different group of people into whatever venue might show my exhibit, and give them more foot traffic.
I'm currently working on more paintings for the series in between commission work. Once I get more work done, I'll post it here and HERE only!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New drawing

Here's an 18x24 charcoal drawing I did of Alice Cooper, Michigan's own! Remember, all 18x24 drawings or paintings are $216 each.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Another Dream might go up in smoke

There looks like a mighty big snag on my "Red Rocker Exhibit" in Detroit. The manager of the gallery told me they're booked for the next 2 years and the time between the shows are so short they only have time to prep the gallery for the next exhibit.
I'm going to keep trying with this gallery, and also look for other possible venues near The Fillmore.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Reach for the sky

I have a new goal. It involves others believing in what I'm trying to accomplish. Bear with me.
Chickenfoot, the band Sammy Hagar writes and sings in, is performing at The Fillmore in Detroit. I had it in my head that the next venue he performed at, I would try to organize an art exhibit of my Sammy Hagar series in a venue as close to whereever Sammy was playing at as possible. The exhibit would be for Sammy's fans who are in the area for the show to view, and to show my appreciation and admiration of Sammy. I have the date of the show and the place of the concert. I now need to get the gallery or other venue to exhibit my work. I have one gallery that's just down the street from the Fillmore.
What I would like is for you, the reader, to contact the surrounding galleries and mention my name, or give them my site, but just get a bug in the galleries' ears. The Detroit Artist Market is the closest, and I'm going to try to contact them very soon. The concert's May 14th!!! We must move FAST!!! Maybe a word to some local rock stations would help, too....

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Anger Managed

I haven't posted this painting because I don't want to show EVERYTHING I've done online so there'd be some unseen artwork in the studio or art shows. But, I really like this painting (which is bigger than 36"x48") and it's one of the most popular pieces in my studio. It's an oil painting of Jack Nicholson, titled "Anger Managed".

Monday, February 13, 2012

TV time!

For those who never saw the commercial that was made by McRiley Advertising for the studio---

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Take advantage of this deal!!

New special: 16x20 drawing or painting for only $75 (usually $160) for up to 3 subjects!! Offer ends 2/15th!! It only takes a minimum payment of $50 to start the project!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New Name

I've finally found out how to find this site easier! should take you right to this blog, where I share new artwork, new specials, stories and anything else I think people would be interested in

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The latest project

This is the latest drawing in the studio, based on a photo I took about 14 years ago. The drawing's a graphite, 18x24

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's all about the artwork!

Don't forget that first and foremost, this blog is about the art! Please check out the artwork while visiting the blog and let me know what you think of it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Starting now I have a Valentine's Day Special going until January 20th!!
18x24 drawing or painting with up to 3 subjects (each subject after 3 is an additional $15 each subject) for ONLY $100!!! The regular price is $216!! I can work from photos or person to person. All that's needed to start a project is a minimum of $50 up front. Contact me ASAP.