Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Chautauqua Region WORD cover from an issue which featured local ghost stories and weird tales. I really got into this illustration.

Hockey is Fun

Hi. Just a quick post or two. I wanted to post a few things I have been working on. This is a cover for the Chautauqua Region WORD alt news weekly that will come out later this week. Jamestown, New York finally got a Mid-Atlantic Hockey franchise. The team name "Vikings" was somewhat of a controversy. Jamestown's heritage is pretty mixed but for a long while it was mostly dominated by two major immigrant groups: Italians and Swedes. Well, it looks like the Swedes won the battle for naming the hockey team.

The team roster was not available at the time this illustration was created, so the name on the back of the Viking jersey is simply "TOWNER" - a shortened version of Jamestown (call him Jim). The opposing player's jersey sports the last name "PIZAN" which is Italian slang for friend or pal (pisano actually). I threw in the Z to make it look more like a Czech last name. So now you get a faceoff between the Italians and the Swedes. That's Jamestown...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Ladies Hombre

Does your Mexican Restaurant have one of these? There's a wall of Polaroid® photos in the foyer of our local Mexican Restaurant. You know... pictures of people who got surprised on their birthdays. They bring out a big goofy sombrero and plop it on your head while the entire staff sings "Happy Birthday" to you in Spanish.

I spend sometime in that foyer, and inevitably I find myself enthralled by these pictures. I'm not even looking for people I know. I'm just genuinely interested in the expressions. It's pretty funny.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I noticed one picture in particular and on a subsequent visit, snagged a picture of it to share with you.

This kid has it going on.

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Monday, October 22, 2007


It was a long day. The photo you see here was taken later than usual. The sun was dropping fast and about 45 minutes after we finished, it began to rain. We are finished. Phew.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Red Heading for the Finish Line...

Rocking. We are almost done... another day should do it. The forcast for tomorrow looks favorable, so with any luck I will be able to post the finished mural tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed.

Most of the high ladder work is done at this point. The lift was donated for this project and it doesn't quite go high enough. We've been doing the last little bit with a step ladder. Scary.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Head Two the Next Level

Mural progress! Tomorrow is Sunday! Check it then. I bet we will get close tomorrow and finish for sure on monday!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Daily Dose of Desi...

The weather is holding (thank ye deities of percipitation) and we are moving and moving on the mural. Next few days are going to be a crap shoot. Thursday, Friday and Saturday look like a washout. Today, Wednesday, looks a little iffy, but I may get up there at some point. Cross your fingers. We are getting there...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Half a Cuban Left After Lunch

Here we go. Today's progress on the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz mural. More tomorrow...

Depending on Weather We Finish...

Hey Blog Readers.

Can't talk long. I gotta project going. In addition to finishing up the leaping little people animation, we need to get the 4th outdoor Lucille Ball mural up. Check back for the play by play! Photos too!