Sunday, May 21, 2023

Great Scott! Wait for iiitttt....

 Today I met the legendary Christopher Lloyd at the Motor City Comic Con today and gave him the painting of him from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" I painted for him. He's been one of my favorite actors for decades.

I also met 2 of the main stars of "PSYCH" (one of my and my family's favorite shows), Timothy Omundson and Maggie Lawson, and had great conversations with both.

Due to circumstances, I didn't get to draw or paint anything for them before the convention, and the trip to the convention was very last minute, so I had nothing to gift them.

I drew these two drawings for Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson while at the convention in the food court between meeting Miss Lawson and the PSYCH panel. 

She left before I could give her the drawings with Me. Omundson, buy I did get to meet him and have a great conversation (he liked my moustache) and gave him the drawings: one for each of them.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Finished What I Started!

 It's been a slow process, but I finished the 35"x24" graphite drawing of Van Halen circa 1995! 

This is the latest addition to my Van Halen tribute series. Not the best photo of it, but I'll get a better one before it gets framed.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Slow Progression

 I posted January 29th a photo of my recent drawing for my Van Halen Tribute series. That photo is here:

This is where that drawing is as of March 24th:

It's been a SLOW drawing. It's a 36"x24"ish graphite drawing. I'm using an HB mechanical pencil (#2 mechanical pencil). 

Now, I don't work on it every day, but I work on it a few days a week for 1-4 hours a day. 

I've done a drawing or painting for each tour with Sammy Hagar except the OU812 tour. That's the next project, though. I'm trying to do full band images to celebrate what I always loved about the band: teamwork and camaraderie. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Sweet Sweet-Haven

 I just finished this picture. It's 23x18 watercolor and ink on paper. I just realized I forgot to add Popeye's granny, but other than that I have the majority of the repeat characters from the Popeye comic strips and books. I didn't include Ham Gravy because he disappeared shortly after Popeye took over the "Thimble Theatre" comic strip. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

G.I. Joe Day!

 I'm an '80s kid. I grew up with the beginning of Nintendo, the heydays of home video rentals (VHS tape from Blockbuster and Family Video), He-Man, Saturday morning cartoons, and a big part of my youth: G.I. JOE! I had a LOT of figures, and I watched the cartoon. My favorite characters have always been Shipwreck, Sgt. Slaughter and Stalker. 

TODAY, February 1st, is apparently G.I. Joe Day! So, to celebrate I thought I'd post some art and a couple other photos related to the Joes.

 The photos below were taken in 2016 at the Great Lakes Comic Con in Warren, Michigan, where WWE wrestling Hall of Famer and G.I. Joe alum Sgt. Slaughter and comic creator Larry Hama (creator of the G.I. Joe comic books) were special guests. I drew the photo for Sgt. Slaugher.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

'95 Van Halen tour

 I've started on a new piece for my Van Halen tribute series. This one is focused on the 1995 Balance tour (I'm creating at least 1 piece from each tour or time frame between 1986 and 1995, the Sammy Hagar years). It's 36"x24", also known as 3ftx2ft, and graphite pencil.  

I got to see them twice that tour in 1995, 2 nights in a row. These were the 2nd and 3rd times seeing Van Halen live. The first was in 1993 at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan. The 1995 BALANCE tour was at the Palace of Auburn Hills (no longer around). 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Con Artist


Starting in February of 2023, I will be part of a few comic book conventions in Michigan in the artist alley. At these conversations, or cons, I display my artwork for sale, and I draw caricatures, cartoon and comic book characters on the spot. 

The 1st one is the GREAT LAKES COMIC CON February 24-25 in Warren, Michigan.

The 2nd is March 4-5: the MIDLAND MALL COMIC CON at the Midland Mall in... Midland.

Next is the GRAND RAPIDS COMIC CON April 14-16 at the Kalamazoo Expo Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Last (for now) is the REALLY COOL COMIC CON August 5-6 in Flint, Michigan.

Each convention I'll have new artwork. The photo above is going to be at the Great Lakes Comic Con!  There is admission for all cons EXCEPT the Midland Mall Comic Con! I hope to see you at one!

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Casual Napping

 I was inspired by the photo this painting is based on. Something about the image was so sweet and genuine, I had to paint her. It's an adorable little girl napping, and the bright pinks popping out got my attention.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

5150 Time!!

This is my Van Halen tribute series, Which I began a few months after Eddie Van Halen died in 2020. I'm focusing on the Sammy Hagar era, as that is the time I got into music and the band (and I'm obsessed with Sammy because of VH). I'm not knocking the original lineup; I love Van Halen from 1977 to 1996, I just prefer Sammy. Some of the artwork here has been sold, but most I still have. 


Tuesday, January 3, 2023

New Art for a New Year (EXCLUSIVE)

 I've been drawing and painting tributes to Van Halen since Eddie Van Halen died in 2020. I'm focusing on the Sammy Hagar years, as that's the era I got into music and am obsessed with Sammy Hagar because of it. 

This is the most recent, which I finished today (I think it's done). This is a 36"x24" charcoal drawing based on Van Halen's -fated reunion tour with Sammy Hagar in 2004. I've posted videos and photos of the progress on my TikTok and Instagram, but this is the ONLY place I'm posting the finished product, at least for now. 

Let me know what you think, and maybe share with people who might appreciate it.

Happy New Year.