Holiday Commissions Wrap-Up – 2019

Every holiday season I usually get at least one person who asks me for custom art. This year, after the success of my Inktober projects, I decided to actively pursue some commission work and advertised across my social media. Here are the pieces I was able to complete during the last month!

I call this one “Damn, We’re in a Tight Spot!” after the now-iconic line from the Coen Brothers film O, Brother Where Art Thou? on which this particular painting is based! The surrounding characters were more or less based off actual stills from the movie, but Everett and Delmar were sort of studied and the likeness of George Clooney and Tim Blake Nelson was obsessed over for the remainder of the project.

I did a yellow ochre wash to give it that sepia, old timey film look. 11×14 ink and watercolor.

This one was commissioned for the chef at the restaurant where I spend most of my work week. I feel like it’s pretty self explanatory. 6×9 pencil sketch.

Pets have been one of my go-to commission works since, well… people LOVE their pets (and well they should.)

My friends own two of the cutest pups and this piece was a lot of fun to come up with. I also snuck in a little cameo appearance by Fone Bone (from Jeff Smith’s fantasy comic odyssey Bone.)

Here’s where my nerd card comes in handy. The concept on this one was a little out there unless you know the strange habits of these two cats.

First off, Star Wars theme, done! Second, the cats have a weird fixation on the dishwasher and will sit on the door when it’s open. One thing led to another and now the dishwasher is C3P0 and R2D2’s escape pod crash landed on Tattooine from Episode 4: A New Hope.