One of my fellows in the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators says that you have to hide the less than perfect work so that people will believe you are always awesome. I don't think he's wrong but frankly it's not my style. If I waited to be 100% happy with anything I put out there I would never show my work. Ever.
What my friend also doesn't realize is there are mistakes in literally everything out there. No matter how professional or fancy a slick ass art show is, there's gum under the tables and a fly in the punch. At least one of the paintings on the wall is crooked and slick with wet paint from a last minute adjustment. The trick is not to mention what's wrong—or to lean into it and reveal your process.
With that being said, the lettering in this image is shaky at best but it's also not my worst. I had given up on hand-lettering long ago after a series of cringe worthy paintings I still have hanging around my house. But then I found Creative Live and they had a sale and this lettering class required only a pencil and paper and so I said "fuck it".
Well guess what guys, it's a lot of fun and all I wanna do is play with letters forever. Let's watch me continue to get better at this latest obsession.
As the day grows long I find a photograph imperative to my process. Gone are the days of spry and snappy portrait drawing past 5PM. While Ryan sat for me I was far more interested in catching up with him about FarESH Brand and all the shows he organizes in all the local hot spots. After a rough outline I snapped a ref pic and let him loose to go grill out with his buddies. I was too tried to finish the piece before the library closed and wandered over to The Abbey on Butler where they sling coffee until 11PM on weeknights. (BTW Thank you Pgh for finally figuring that shit out. I'm tired of espresso machines clicking off at 4 fucking PM in this godforsaken town.)
Thank you Ryan for always being down for the cause and a pleasure to be around.
If you wanna hang out on a Monday night or the second Thursday of each month, get at me here.