Monday, August 25, 2014

Sports Illustrated Kids August

 Geez, August went by quick this year and, looking back at the blog, I didn't get a chance to post too much this month. I haven't even thought about starting a piece for next month's blog header yet and the Lily piece I wanted to get around to painting is still at the same stage as when I last showed it.

I think it's because I've spent so much time over on the OilCan Drive site, getting new pages posted weekly and doing a kind of blog-post-a-week there every Tuesday that this blog has suffered. Plus, it doesn't help that when I look at my stat numbers on both sites that the OCD site is thriving and growing while this one gets barely any hits at all. But, I am sure me not posting anything to it in a month doesn't help.

So, because I am such a schedule oriented guy, it might be a good idea to get this blog on a schedule like I have on the OCD site and pick a few days a week to put posts up no matter what is going on. I figure twice a week, eight times a month, sure beats once or twice a month sporadic posts. So, we'll see how that goes.

But, I definitely didn't want to let August go by without posting this month's Sports Illustrated What's The Call pieces. I really enjoy doing these pieces every month and am always thankful for the great folks at SIK for letting me play in their magazine month in and month out.

I am actually doubling up illustrations for them this month because I am off on a road trip to the east coast next week. It's been a little hectic shuffling things around but it's almost done and I am almost on the road.

Thanks again everyone for sticking with me and enjoying the art. I'll get this blog back on a schedule soon enough and we'll go from there. I hope you all had a great summer and are looking forward to fall as much as I am. See you all soon!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy August and a New Store!

Well, I was going to try and get the Lily painting done for this month's blog header but, honestly, it's still stuck at the same stage it was at a few days ago. I just haven't had the time to work on it. And, since I want it to be a fun piece to paint and not another job on my plate, I decided to give myself a break and save it for when I have some real time to work on it.

So, for August, we'll just have to settle with the black and white inked piece of Lily for the header. Maybe if things go my way this month I'll get a chance to paint some and finish the piece. My fingers, as always, are crossed.

One of the things I've been working on is the OilCan Drive website store. And, finally, after weeks of building art and doing web coding, the the official OilCan Drive Store is up and running! You can check out the store HERE to find OilCan Drive books, music, and t-shirts available as both physical items as well as digital downloads.

And, even if you're strapped for cash and can't buy anything but you'd still like to help, I could really use some positive reviews on all the places OilCan Drive is available for purchase. So, hit the store links to visit Amazon, CreateSpace, ITunes, and CDBaby and tell the world what you think. Spread the word!

As always, thank you all for your continued support. You have no idea how much it means to me! See you all next time!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Inking and Painting

I got the inking for the newest Lily piece done a little earlier this week so I figured it was about time I showed it off. Unfortunately the piece of Krazz still sits there, uninked and looking none too happy about it. Ah well, Krazz, maybe next time!

Like the Brick piece I did last month I really wanted to try and paint the Lily piece all by hand. The Brick piece was easy since he is a crazy looking guy, especially in that piece. It made all the brush strokes in the paint look that much better. But, will painting a pretty girl who needs a smooth look work as well? We'll see.

Like last time I printed out the black inked line in a non reproducible blue line on a piece of bristol board. Unlike last time, I glued it to the heavier board first. Last time I taped the Brick piece down to a board and then glued it down to a heavier piece of board after it was already painted. We'll see if doing it this way keeps the piece from curling under all the water I am throwing on the paper.

I started by laying down some ink wash in the background. I wanted to try some different techniques and build an interesting background this time. On the Brick piece I just laid down an ink wash behind him and hoped for the best. This time I wanted to play a bit with the lighting and see how it goes. I even tried to do some "Kirby dots" by dipping the plunger tip of an old ink bottle top in my wash mix and making little dots all over the piece. I love the design aspect of it and I think it will look cool when I lay the color wash over it.

I don't know if I'll get this piece completed by tomorrow (I still have a few things I need to get to today before I tackle the painting) but it will definitely be done soon.

Okay, back to it. Have a great one and I'll talk to you all soon!

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Blog Header?

 I really thought I'd be inking the new Krazz penciled piece for my blog header this month but, while suffering from a little bout of insomnia this last week, I had an image of Lily in my head with her hair pushed over part of her face. The pencil sketch for her came together quickly and I am hoping I can get her inked and colored before the beginning of August. We'll see what happens in the next few days.

I do like the pencil sketch of Krazz but, honestly, it's hard to say no to Lily. She's just too darn cute!

Inks will definitely be coming soon! And, if I have enough time, maybe I'll get over to Krazz and get some inks on him as well!

Have a great one!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sports Illustrated Kids July

 I just finished up September's "What's the Call" illustrations for Sports Illustrated Kids so I figured it was about time I showed you the pieces that are in July's issue, out this month and on the stands as we speak.

This month featured scenarios that had a triathlete getting a flat tire on his bicycling leg of the race, a skier who loses a ski but still finishes the course, and brings up the question if you, as a second baseman in baseball, can throw your glove with the ball in it to first base and still have it considered an out.

These are always a lot of fun to do and I hope I keep getting to do them for a long time.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I'll talk to you soon!

Friday, July 11, 2014


...just made my day a whole lot better.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tonya Kay's Pin-Up Pole Show

Here is a piece I worked on last month while I was stuck in the little bedroom studio while the hardwood floors were being installed. Since it has now been shown off on all sorts of social media networks I figured it was safe to show it off myself.

A friend of mine out in Los Angeles, Tonya Kay, approached me about doing some pin-up and logo work for her for a new company she was starting called "Tonya Kay's Pin-up Pole Show."

We started with the pin-up figure, based off a photo shoot she had done a few months prior. We changed the hair a bit and played around with a few different costume designs before we settled on the leopard print look with the arm stockings. I tried to push for cat ears, a la Josie and The Pussycats, but was shot down. Ah well, what can you do?

Once the figure was done we played around with the logo a bit, added Tonya's purple classic car, The Grape Space Coaster, and settled on the final design.

You can check out Tonya's website HERE and check out the Pin-Up Pole Show HERE.

It really sounds like a great experience, riding around in a classic car with beautiful burlesque dancers, dinner, drinks, and rock and roll to cap off the evening. Yeah, I may need to go visit LA one of these days!

But, for now, I am really happy with the way the art turned out. Here are a few production shots of the work in progress. Because we were messing around with costumes I made a paper-doll like pin-up that we could add different clothes to. That alone was a lot of fun and I can see at some point doing something like this with different costumes.

The question is, what costumes to draw Tonya in?

Have a great day everyone! Enjoy the art and I'll talk to you soon!