King and Queen

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I’ve had the idea to draw this for a while now. Originally, I wanted to draw a 3D cube type of thang, include Prince’s face on the third facet, and call it “The Royal Family.”

“King and Queen” is an ink drawing is on 11×14″ Strathmore mixed media paper.

The most fun with this was that I’d fill in the heavy blacks while my daughter sat next to me and scribbled in her Hello, Kitty coloring book (or, more likely, when she roamed the house and scribbled on the walls). I really relish those quiet moments with my Mon Chi Chi. (I also relish the loud, insane moments that occupy the other 99% of our time together, most of which include some combination of Batman stickers, Minions Play-Doh or putting diapers on Minnie Mouse.)

And I think we’re gonna have more of these quiet drawing moments coming up, because why not make a few more of these, a series I’m tentatively calling, “Oh,. I misunderstood What You Meant.”

Other potential franken-mash-ups could include titles like Strawberry Juice, Strawberry Fields, Black and Tan, and Fresh Kill. Feel free to guess what pop culture icons (real or fictional) would occupy each of those, and also suggests some other fun wordplay mash-ups.

50 States of Superman: Florida

Florida SupermanHelp me out here, Freddie:

Happy Birthday, Freddie Mercury

Freddie MercuryThe Movie Squirrel is set to give birth to our baby on September 19th. That’s my uncle Frank’s birthday. I’m hoping this kid pops out today, though. It’s Freddie Mercury’s birthday. Happy birthday, Freddie! And happy Freddie for a Day to all of you.

If you are one of those chuds who doesn’t know the glory of the Mercury, I’ve put together this Cliff’s Notes bio on the man: Continue reading Happy Birthday, Freddie Mercury

MUPPET MONDAY: Mr. Johnson

Mr. JohnsonYou know how people tell you, “Oh, you like Queen? I do, too!” and then you’re all excited and like, “Dude. Hot Space took a lot of heat for being too disco or whatever, like the band got away from their roots, but I love that album! Put Out the Fire is such a catchy song, and if you pay attention, the lyrics still make sense in today’s world, over 30 years later. Kinda amazing, right?” And then that first person goes, “Uh… We Are the Champions.”

I am that We Are the Champions guy when it comes to Sesame Street. I know my main players, but really, that’s about it. When I was a kid, I jumped right over that baby stuff and into The Muppet Show. When I was a teen I forewent 90210 for Heather Locklear – and later, Alyssa Milano – on Melrose Place. I’ve always skewed older than my demographic. What can I say? I’m more mature than you.

Anyway, with that verbose analogy out of the way, and Queen firmly stuck in my head, let me say that I have absolutely NO RECOLLECTION of this Mr. Johnson, who is apparently a versatile Muppet, and a pal of Grover’s.

Freddie Mercury (12×12)

I’m almost grateful for the construction outside my crib. I’m getting so much art made.

What we have here is a portrait of the late, great Freddie Mercury, frontman of Queen. It started off so well. When I sketched this out last week, I instantly knew this was the best drawing that had ever come from my hand. From a technical aspect, this was as accurate a rendition I’d ever penciled. When I got to the painting part, my opinion remained. This was the most technically sound painting I’d ever brushed. Continue reading Freddie Mercury (12×12)

Old School WWF Logo

I’m back in Jersey this weekend to:

1. do something in the woods

2. watch WrestleMania

3. and pick up my mail, which includes a stack of comics, 12 lbs of gummi bears (for more Foogos) and 3 CDs by Queen (Queen, Hot Space, The Miracle).

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