Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Very Presidential "Stay"cation

Got an illustration in this week's Time Out Chicago spotlighting local hotel stay-cations with a Presidential twist.  Most seductive Lincoln ever? Yes, I think it is. Had a lot of fun with this one, wish I had a twee more time on it but hey that's the biz. My fav prez in this illo keeps switching, but right now Clinton is, looks like he's raring to go. The other week, I got an online glimpse of a painting that W. did of his dog Barney, who recently passed away :( -  it was really quite impressive.  Looks like this sensitive, artistic side is shining through now that he's gotten away from Cheney and Bolton.  Obama and Reagen look to be having a grand time, perhaps they are playing Mario Kart or maybe Call of Duty: Black Ops.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

TRUE ROMANCE Phone Booth Scene & Movie Theater Montage

True Romance is a classic.  So many good scenes, great dialogue, fantastic actors.  Patricia Arquette is just amazing in it. Heck, even Christian Slater was spot on.  Chris Walken, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Michael Rappaport all give over the top, cinematic but really believable performances, and of course there's Bronson Pinchot! It was a total flop in the theaters, but has since gone on to retain a revered spot in film lore.  When I was approached by The Bottleneck Gallery to do a piece for their Get A Room show that was held last night, I was stumped, there were a lot of options.  Then I thought about True Romance, thought it'd be the perfect.  The Phone Booth scene stands out as the epitome of youthful, romantic passion.  I also felt compelled to draw all the cool characters in the movie so I busted out a montage in record time this week, only took a couple all nighters.  Interestingly, in Quentin Tarantino's original script, Clarence dies at the end and Alabama hitchhikes away in a cold manner with a briefcase full of money.  Tony Scott fell in love with the characters during the course of filming and decided he liked them too much to not give them a sweet, romantic ending. Good call.
Both are limited edition (50) giclĂ©es, signed and numbered, available through The Bottleneck Gallery.  Printed 300 gsm fine art rag.  Click below for links to The Bottleneck Gallery's website.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Marvin Gaye's National Anthem. The Best Ever.


Check out my portrait of Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem on Grantland's website today. My favorite all time rendition, step aside Beyonce.  30 years later, no one has come close to matching his version of The Star-Spangled Banner.  Check out the article HERE

LA Weekly - Gas Station Radio


Got an illustration in the new issue of LA Weekly.  It's for an article about that annoying "radio station" that plays while you're pumping gas.  It's actually a new channel called Gas Station Radio that's designed for a seven minute stop in your specific neighborhood, chock full of talk, weather, sports scores, advertisements and even some stale music and no, you cant change the channel. Enjoy!  Check out the full article HERE