Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Jon Stewart - SANITY

When HOPE is lost, the lost hope for SANITY!

So, I sent Shepard Fairey a link to my original Jon Stewart, SANITY portrait (which, of course, is a riff on the iconic Obama HOPE portrait that he created) and he dug it! I got a call from one of his representatives a couple weeks ago, it was incredible! He even asked for some stickers if I get them printed. So, after cleaning up the image a bit (with advice passed on straight from the man himself). I placed an order with Stickrobot for a run of 4"x6" stickers which will soon be are now available for sale directly from me. These came out better than I could have conceivably hoped for, they look awesome!

I've decided to lower the prices as well, I think these are now a real bargain considering the size and quality of these stickers (The backing paper is so thick you could think of them as very small Giclée Prints!)

1 - $3.00 $2.50
5-pack - $12.50 ($2.50 apiece) $10.00 (2 bucks a pop!)
10-pack - $20.00 ($2.00 apiece) $15.00 (only $1.50 apiece! Crazy cheap!)

All now available at my new storefront, EscapeHatchDesign. Check it, peeps!

Special offer to blog followers: I'll personalize the back with a quote pulled from THE DAILY SHOW and a fake Jon Stewart autograph (or mine if you'd rather). Send me an email (clarytp at gmail dot com) if you're interested.

Also, prints are now available in two sizes at Society6. (T-shirts too!) Check 'em out!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

NCAC Fine Art Show

I entered a few pieces into the North Country Arts Council Fine Art Show which opened at the State office Building in Watertown, NY last night. I'm proud to say that 2 of my pieces were awarded 2nd and 3rd place in the Mixed Media category.



“Menagerie” placed 3rd and “Organica” placed 2nd. Not only that, “Organica” sold on opening night as well! These two artworks as well as my “Men of Historical Significance” collage will be on display through Nov. 17th. If you're in the area stop in and check them out as well as all the other wonderful work. You can also check out this set on my flickrstream for more detailed views of these pieces.

Men of Historical Significance

Monday, October 04, 2010

Ragnar Relay DC

On Friday, September 24 a team of six guys (most teams had 12) set off from western Maryland to run 201.5 miles to Washington, D.C. I was their driver/videographer/emergency relief runner. Enjoy the highlight reel (View on Youtube).

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bookmark Contest

So, I made a little doodle on a scrap of treated watercolor paper and it turned into a bookmark! I think it's kind of cool and if you do too, here's a way to win your own. Comment on this post and become a blog follower using Google Friend Connect (just click the Follow button in the menu on the right) and I'll enter you into a contest. Current followers are welcome to join in too, just post a comment below.

At the end of the month, I'll pick 2 winners who will each receive their very own doodlebird bookmark. But not this will get a brand-new custom made bookmark with the bird of their choice on top! I'll probably throw a few other goodies in the winner's package too. Sound cool? Great, now just post a comment below and don't forget to include which bird you would like!

Winners will be drawn on Tuesday, August 31st. All comments posted before 12PM on that day will be considered entries. One entry per person. No purchase necessary. ;-)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Three Drawings in Progress

Very often I can't seem to complete one thing without moving on to something else. Eventually I'll come back around and finish it, but it's rare that I work on one drawing straight through. To illustrate this I present 3 drawings in various stages. The one on the left was begun ages ago (probably late June, early July) and I'm trying a mix of pencils with the usual ink and brush. The other two were both started in the last few days (the one on the right first actually). Hopefully I'll have all three finished by the end of the week.

UPDATE: I finished the one on the left last night (8/18/10) but I'm going to hold off posting it until it reaches it's new home. In the meantime, you can see all my portraits in this flickr set.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

White Horse (Work in Progress)

I started work on my very first commissioned painting today! I'm pretty happy with the results so far but am open to any critiques or advice you may have.

UPDATE: Spent some time over the last 2 days working on this and I think it's done!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Acey & Maggie (for JKPP)

Thought I try using colored pencils for this latest portrait...and I realized why they never come out of the box. Here's the progression:

I should have left her face alone at this point, but I ended up overworking it a bit:

The dog came out great though!

Too lazy to put much effort into the background:

See Acey & Maggie bigger over on my flickrstream. And check out all the other wonderful portraits done for Julia Kay's Portrait Party here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Julia Kay’s Portrait Party

At some point while I was doing the four portraits that appear in the 6x6x2010 show (still up at RoCo until July 11th and online here forever!) I became aware of the flickr group Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. Julia’s simple idea (artists making portraits of other artists) has exploded into an absolute phenomenon of creativity. After seeing the incredible variety of work on display I had to get involved. Since I started my first portrait of the extraordinarily prolific, N.C. Mallory, just two weeks ago I've already drawn seven new portraits. Similar to the Moly_X project I’m involved in I’ve found that joining this community of artists has broadened my horizons and helped rekindle my passion for art-making.

Here's a handful of the amazing portraits to be found in this great group:

And a couple by me:

Artist Sue Hodnett said of the party,
“In an age where we sit and twitter, surf and blog, Julia Kay’s portrait party has connected an otherwise disparate group of artists and challenged us to look deeper than the screen of the computer and into the eyes of people we have never met or spoken to.”
Please check out this amazing group of artists all challenging each other to look deeper.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Parka Reviews Quickie

Parka Blogs is a great review sites that specializes in art books. Recently he reviewed David Palumbo's new book, Quickie, a collection of Palumbo's small postcard nude paintings. I was not familiar with Palumbo's work before this but he's certainly a very talented artist and this book looks beautiful. Be sure to check out his Postcard Nudes blog.

Thursday, June 03, 2010


The 6x6x2010 show opens this weekend at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. This year the show recieved 5,000 artworks by 2,000 artists from 22 countries and 43 US states! The online gallery is up now and online purchasing begins Monday, June 7th at 10 AM.

I contributed 5 pieces, the 4 portraits above (see them larger here) and an abstract comic which I talked about in a previous post. The portrait series I'm calling "Faces of Flickr" since all my reference photos were found on, a great photo sharing site that I use to post all my artwork.

I liked this format and I've got a few blank squares left over, so I'll probably continue this series. Let me know if you have a portrait that you’d like to see rendered like these.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


It's been a while since I've mentioned the amazing Moly_X otherwise known as the International Moleskine Exchange. Moly_X is an awesome project started by Marty Harris, wherein groups of artists exchange small Japanese folding sketchbooks adding entries into each one and passing it on to the next artist in line.

Recently, I recruited a few new artists to re-boot the Moly_X Portrait Group I'm in and we've been having a great time doing portraits of each other. I'm particularly pleased with the latest one I just completed:

This is the start of my own book for the exchange. It marks the first time I've tried to paint in one of these books and I'm really happy with the way it came out. I can't wait to see how the other artists continue this image. One of the most interesting things about these exchanges is how artists interact with each other on the page.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Comic Convention Sketches

In honor of this weekend's Toronto Comics Art Festival I thought I would post my convention sketches from the various shows I've attended in the past, including last year's TCAF show.

In the sketchbook that I bring to the shows I try to draw an opening spread to set a theme for the sketches. The first one, from the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival (MoCCA) in 2002 was, obviously, Rock and Roll. The second from the Small Press Expo (SPX) 2003 was a bit more open...robots, outer space, or cowboys...or any combination of the three! This resulted in lots of fun, creative drawings. Check them all out here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A sweaty-toothed Madman!

Remember that line from the film, Dead Poet's Society? Well, I found an amazing photo from flickr-ite ipelisa that just begged to be sketched so I threw this together.

Speaking of flickr, please check out my page over there. I've been adding a bunch of new drawings including my latest entries in the moly_x project.