Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kristina Carroll - Jeanine Henderson

Jeanine is the awesome talent behind our beautiful Month of Love header and background pattern. Her work is full of color and fun and after looking at her pictures (especially those from the Mermaid Parade) I realized her personality comes across much the same. So I had to paint her full of color, smiles and hearts. Thank you for making us look so beautiful Jeanine, I only hope I did you the same courtesy!

And thank you all so much for joining me on this crazy ride. it was inspiring, exhausting and educational. I seriously love you all and hope we can most of us meet up in NYC next week.

Scott Bakal - Tara Jacoby

Portrait of Tara Jacoby | 9x12 | Acrylic and Ink

Over the years, we've gotten to know each other from our FIT days and I've grown to simply adore her and not only is she a beautiful woman, which made this a joy to paint, but she's really wonderful artist herself as we've all seen this past month.

I owe everyone an apology for not following through as much as I would've liked with the whole month, especially to Kristina who I've watched every night work hard at following through herself and putting together such a wonderful collection of people with a wonderful idea. Her toiling for hours on end to try to make everything look and work perfectly. She's getting a big hug from me tonight.

It's been wonderful seeing everyone's work, ideas, thoughts and get to know many of you a little more personally. Congratulations!


Tonight, I went to an opening that featured a short documentary Sarah Gay filmed and edited. After, Sarah, Chris O'Neill and I went out for some celebratory food and beers to toast a great month of art!

I look forward to seeing many of you in New York in a week or so to do the same!

Me | Sarah Gay | Chris O'Neill

Carly Janine Mazur - Scott Murphy

I first met Scott at the IMC, and to make the analogy, he was sitting at the cool kids' table. I yearned to sit at the cool kids' table, so I secretly looked up to him and the rest of the group. I was always too shy to approach many people (still am, as Cynthia had said) so I never said anything more to him than a curt "hey I like your stuff it's really cool okay I'm gonna go over there now bye." From this point on I should break out of my shell and be conversational!

So, Scott, the most definitive things about you I have presented here quite simply, yet powerfully. I hope you dig it!

Kristina Carroll - Love Song Shuffle

The first love song that came on was "Ruby Tuesday" by the Rolling Stones. All I could think about was this  woman with flaming red hair  half seen in a dream. You know, that sort of dream that leaves you with a very distinct emotion that sticks with you for days. Ruby Tuesday is that sort of dream.

There's no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Aint life unkind? 

Goodbye, ruby tuesday
Who could hang a name on you? 
When you change with every new day
Still Im gonna miss you...

Kristina Carroll - catching up on some food love


This week was super busy and I got behind. But I won't be knocked down! Here's some food love for Monday and Wednesday. My favorite bakery and my favorite mug with sweet caffeinated nectar.

Kate Feirtag- Sarah Gay

Here is my portrait of Sarah!  I did this pretty quickly because I'm in Texas for a wedding.  I've never met Sarah so I asked her to send me some photos and fell in love with her beautiful flowing hair!  I would like to take this to color in the future just so I can paint her locks!

Narciso Espiritu - Kyle Smart

Kyle Smart being smart.
Kyle Smart being dark.

So, Kyle noted in an email that he doesn't usually have anyone take pictures of him, resorting to cropping his head from friends' photos. I thought I'd draw him as accurately as I could. Then again, I do that for almost every portrait I do. And y'know, negatives always look cool. I had fun with this, and I had fun this whole month will all of you!

(I realize I never finished the third part of "My Love"; it's sitting here in front of me. I'll probably finish it tonight. Just because.)

Looking forward to seeing everyone's beautiful work in the future!


Sarah Gay - Portrait of Kate Feirtag

The gorgeous Kate Feirtag.
Her beautiful, dreamy eyes really pulled me into this drawing. 


Scott Murphy - Tim Paul Love

I met Tim about 3 years ago while he was helping Marc out at a booth at Gencon. Ever since, I've had the pleasure of many a good conversation whenever I get to see him at a random event or party around town. Thanks Tim, and Thanks Kristina!

Tim Paul - Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

I give you Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, done two ways! 

Marc Scheff - Jaime Zollars

I met Jaime at ICON7 where her smile was only outshone by her incredible illustration work. For this final challenge, I did a take of Jaime as a member of her own Society of Seekers.

Big huge thanks to Kristina Carroll for pulling this month together. It was an honor to work alongside this talented group.

Jeffrey Alan Love - Kristina Carroll

A portrait of fellow artist and Month of Love founder Kristina Carroll.  Thanks Kristina, and everyone else, for having me be a part of this - it was very inspiring to spend a month making art with all of you.   I hope our paths cross again!

Scott Brundage- Jeffrey Alan ...Love

This guy had some of my favorite pics this month, and he was probably the most consistent contributor. So I drew his face (based off an awesome and intense photo) at various speeds.

Also, his name is Love. So there's that.

Super fun challenge this month. Looking forward to not being as romantic in the following weeks.

Jeanine Henderson—Cynthia Sheppard

I have to be honest, likenesses aren't my strongest point, so I was a teeny bit nervous about this challenge. But I really lucked out getting to draw Cynthia–someone who I've only "met" through this blog, so had no clue what she looks like! Turns out, she's stunning! I drew from a pic on her facebook page that was just so inspiring & beautiful—I can only hope I did her at least a little justice! :)

It's been such a fun month and a pleasure getting to know you all! You're all so amazing & inspiring. Thanks, Kristina, for putting this all together and letting me be part of it!

Jeanine Henderson—Love is a Magician

This is my drawing from yesterday—just didn't have a chance last night to scan & post it up!

Kyle Smart - I love you guys! ( but Marc Scheff specifically)

So I got to draw Marc for the last challenge! I've had the pleasure of working with Marc on a couple of things and he's been great. Very open to ideas and he know how to get things done! Really baffles me how he manages to keep these big projects organised. Anyway for this one I tried to get it down in one pass with a sharpie marker, as its been a while since I've had to get a likeness. Marc's work is so technically spot on too, so heres me trying to be a bit more observational.

Ha also, apologies for the lax second half of the month, its been my busiest freelance month ever!

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz- Chris O'neill

Hey guys, here's 2 drawings of Chris O'neill. Better late than never, right? I've never met Chris but all I can say is that his work is superb!

I had a lot of fun this month trying to come up with different ideas everyday. Though my schedule got thrown out of whack towards the end and I wasn't able to keep up. I really enjoyed this project and every ones work. Some fantastic stuff was posted by everyone!


Chris O'Neill - Scott Bakal

I specifically asked to draw Scott so I could draw his swoopy bangs and try to ape his painting style. This one basically made itself.

Thanks Kristina for the invite to the blog. I had a great time making work, and seeing other people's solutions to the same problems.


Cynthia Sheppard - Carly Mazur

Portrait of Carly Janine Mazur
2-28-2013, The Final Challenge.

I first met Carly at the Illustration Master Class in 2011. I never told her then, but when I happened to walk by her easel I became enamored with (and maybe a little jealous of) the color studies she was working on for her painting- they were gorgeous, and made me think I should do more of those kinds of studies. She was otherwise mysterious and quiet, so we didn't get a chance to talk until the next IMC and IlluXCon, where I got to know her a little better as a passionate and determined artist.

I used Carly's own Web of Love piece from this blog as inspiration and went a bit outside my usual approach to sketches and portraits. I hope you like it (especially you, Carly!), and I hope everyone had an amazing experience this month.

The <3 doesn't end today,

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Marc Scheff - Love Song Shuffle

As I shuffled through my library, I kept thinking about one song that always touches me in its simple, bare, emotion.

"At my most beautiful, I count your eyelashes."

I also really love R.E.M. so that's me counting young Michael Stipe's eyelashes.

Proof that I love them, below.

Challenge #11 for Thursday Feb. 28th

Our very special final challenge will be courtesy of the whole team.

 The subject is:  "I love you guys".  

Narciso Espiritu - Love Song Shuffle

Tegan and Sara - Back in Your Head

Scott Murphy - Shuffle Love Song

Knowing that my musical collection isn't the most "love song" inclusive I was curious to see just what would pop up. Sure, I have various Justin Timberlake (shut up) and Björk songs that I know are love themed, but I also know those would be few and far between amongst nearly 3500 songs. So I set the whole thing to shuffle and eventually, 236 songs in, I came across the first song that had anything to do with love, sort of (though there was one song about a lost love by The Cure...but it was far too depressing).

Not so much of a "fat" bottom...just nice and shapely.

"Fat Bottomed Girls" - By Queen

It also happens to be one of my favorite songs ever!

Alice Stanne - Love Song Shuffle

My shuffle landed on Next to the Last Romantic by Josh Ritter. It's got a great old western feel.

Jeffrey Alan Love - Jon Snow & Ghost

I loved the books in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series so much that I refused to watch the HBO show until after the most recent book had come out - I didn't want their vision of the world and its characters to intrude on the one I had created in my mind while reading the books since they had started.  Two of my favorite characters in the books are Jon Snow and his albino direwolf Ghost.

Sarah Gay - Love song shuffle

My love-song shuffle landed on "Underwear" by the Magnetic Fields off their 69 Love Songs album :)
One of my favorites

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jeanine Henderson—Love Song Shuffle

The first love-themed song that came on my shuffle this morning on my way to work was Nina Simone's "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" (the funky Verve-remixed version). So when I got home tonight, I let myself unwind with a pen, a sketchbook and one of my favorite things to draw: hair!

Carly Janine Mazur - Love Song Shuffle

On the way to and from work I had my good 'ole Zune on shuffle, and Rammstein's Pussy came on. That's a love song, right?.... Right?!

Tim Paul - Love Song Shuffle

Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference (Morrissey)

While maybe not strictly a love song, after hitting random 20 some times, this seemed like the closest I was going to get to a love song, or at least something love related.

It's not the size of the meat, it's the motion of the ocean, they say.

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz- Love Song Shuffle

 The song that came up for me was Fools Rush In by Elvis Presley. When I heard the line "When we met, I felt my life begin" the first thing that popped into my head was a seed sprouting. So I went with that :)

Cynthia Sheppard - Love Song Shuffle

My current playlist is “Slow Sexy Art Mix,” and I’d probably be listening to it even if it wasn’t the Month of Love, because I like it. The first track that played when randomized was “Casualty” by Snake River Conspiracy, which lyrically may be more of a melodramatic revenge track, but the groove is definitely love-ly:

The image I chose to go with is kinda creepy as hell, but the idea was that relationships are sometimes built on the bones of the last ones: the casualties.

Jeffrey Alan Love - Black Hair

"Black Hair" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds was the first love song that popped up today on my shuffle. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sarah Gay - Loves baths

Tara Jacoby - Mating Rituals

Catching up on the challenges I missed tonight! Sorry so tardy!

Carly Janine Mazur - Love Wizard

Haven't used pigment liners in a while!

Jeanine Henderson—Love Potion No. 9

Sorry to "cheat" tonight, but very little time between the office & freelance work! This is part of a personal project I started over the weekend—an illustrated cocktail recipe for "Love Potion No 9" ( a delicious concoction of ice cream, strawberries and vodka—yum!) Something I'd been thinking about for a promotional piece around Valentine's Day, but only getting the time to get into now. Since it's fits with the blog theme, figured it was fair game to share :)

Alice Stanne - For the Love of Books

One of my greatest loves is books. Beautiful, real, paper and bindings books. I love reading them, smelling them, owning them. If I shop for something I really don't need more of, it's books. I drew the spines of a few of my favorite books I read repeatedly while I was growing up.

From left to right: Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Froggie Went A'Courting illustrated by Chris Conover, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, This Is For You by Rob Ryan, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, One Times One (1 x 1) by E.E.Cummings and Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins.

Marc Scheff - Anything, but that

My values and integrity. I am a pretty flexible guy, but it will take a lot more than love to make me change thosef.

Challenge #10 for Tuesday Feb. 26th

Our 10th Challenge  comes courtesy of Kristina Carroll

 The subject is:  "Love Song Shuffle".  Put your entire music playlist on shuffle. The first love song that you hear is the inspiration for your next piece.

Jeffrey Alan Love - Moby Dick

"And this is what ye have shipped for, men! to chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out."

Scott Murphy - Freeform Sunday

Here's a quick sketch of a character i'm working on for a painting.

Scott Murphy - I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That

Sorry, a crazy weekend put me off a day!

I'd do anything for love, but I won't have my wife executed in order to get with another woman.

Narciso Espiritu - Power Rangers

I used to love Power Rangers as a kid growing up in the 90s. Sometimes I still do.

Just some quick helmets. Trying to catch up.

Narciso Espiritu - I'd Do Anything for Love, But I Won't Do That

I think I wouldn't lie to myself or to another person about liking them/ loving them just because.

I mean, if you're not ready, you're not ready. I feel like it's wrong to take advantage of that.

Kristina Carroll - Freestyle Sunday

I got home in time to catch the tail end of the Oscars, so I tried to do a little "life" sketching.

I thought they were a bit puny, so here are a couple more random sketchbook pages:

Chris O'Neill - I would do anything for love....

....But I won't shave my beard or put on a polo shirt. I look about 8 years old without facial hair.