I took this old bronze series Warlock guitar I had and gave it a makeover. I reshaped the body and headstock, gave it a little paint, and put some new humbuckers on it. I swear, if I ever have the start up money and some buyers, I would strip down, repaint, and customize guitars forever.
Here are the 15 full color illustrations for Tales n' Trails of Rock n' Roll. There are still more books available for sale. If you are in Sarasota this summer, I will be having a show at Felices Cafe of these images and all of my blues musician portraits. The show will be during Rosemary Rising, July 16th 2010, so come on down and enjoy one of Felices many fine sandwiches and enjoy some live music and art!
"took a little trip to keep from going insane, spent the rest of my life on the all night train"
-Allman Brothers Band
"The sky is crying"
"Tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers"
"There are just as many geese, and their flying down south,
as there are lies pouring out your mouth"
"Confessin The Blues"
"I got the rockin pneumonia, I need a shot of rhythm and blues"
"Little Red Rooster"
"Parchman Farm Blues"
When they heard that louis was dead, all the people dressed in red"
-Mississippi John Hurt
"I am the man that rolls when icicles are hanging on the trees"
This is a painting I made about how all the amazing colors we see in the sky and clouds at sunset are the result of air pollution. Light from the sun is reflected and trapped in greenhouse gasses which form more intense colors which we all seem to love so much.
Tales n' Trails of Rock n' Roll is out, I will post the images from the book within the next week!
this was the finished piece done from the sketch a few posts down. I did something a little different than what I normally do with pastels. I put a coat of spar varnish on, then made some oil glazes and some china marker.
Here is the cover for my book that I have been working on for the past three months. It is a timeline of illustrated song lyrics starting with the early days of guitar pounding delta blues, up to the reverb screaming cries of distorted electricity.
The book will be on display and for sale at the Ringling Senior Illustration Thesis Show on April 30th, and may also be for sale shortly after online.
I will post the other 14 Illustrations and 16 spots after the show so stay tuned!
Some pastel drawings I've done in the past few weeks
This was a still life that started out as a silhouette but then I started adding color, and detail, and it became a pretty nice flower drawing. I think I might do more flowers like this.
This was done over spring break, I was going to get some food, and the sun beaming through the clouds looked too cool to pass up. This was a 5 minute sketch but I think because of the short time, it captured a lot of energy. This was done the other day, I was going to draw the bridge, but thought I might try to paint the sun being blocked by a passing cloud.