The wonderful people at Drive Smart Driving School in Carrollton posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a wall artist. Honestly, I don't have much experience painting on walls, but I felt pretty confident I could get it done.
This logo is taller than I am! I'm about 5'5"ish? I used a projector to help with drawing this on the wall. It sounds like "cheating" but I'd like to see YOU try and freehand perfect letters. Haha!
After I got through this first logo (about 30 hours worth of work), I knew everything: how the paint I was using behaves on the wall and my brushes. So, when I did this logo the second and third times, it didn't take me so long... maybe 20 hours each.
It took a lot of time (and I severely undercharged) but it was worth it for the people who needed it. Thanks, Drive Smart! For your patience and kindness. I'll drop by once in a while just to bug you.
Right when I started painting those logos for Drive Smart, I was just finishing this portrait of my dear friend and Austin musician, Atlas Cage.
I've always loved this photo of him lookin' all tuff with a cigar in his mouth, so I wanted to immortalize that with my own artistic talent. The addition of the koi fish was his suggestion.
This is probably the closest to a full body charcoal that I've ever drawn. I usually do a bunch of bust portraits (from the shoulders up). For not having practiced too much on hands and arms, it came out pretty well. I mean, I surely can't stop staring at those arms. :P
Next charcoal will be of a cat. One of my favorite middle school teachers had this cat, Willow. We almost always talked about Willow, mainly because I was super shy and didn't really know how to instigate conversation, so I went with what I knew. "How's Willow?"
Her kindness has made an impact on my life.. throughout my life. Over 10 years later, we even have each other added on Facebook. About 2 years ago, she asked for a portrait of her beloved kitty, and I've always had it on my list of things to draw. After a mixture of residential change, relationship bombing, financially void procrastination, I've finally at least drawn an outline of Willow. In this period of distraction, elderly loving Willow passed. Needless to say, I FEEL REALLY REALLY BAD for not having done the portrait. Sorry, Diane, for taking so damn long.
On a lighter note, I also have plans for more paintings. Michaels had a wicked awesome sale on back-stapled canvases, so I grabbed a few of those... Now to get to work. Haha!
The love of my life is a drummer who sets the beat of my heart to the rhythm of his soul.