7″x7″ skull studies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2014 by n8vandyke

I was asked to be in a gallery show a little while back and the theme of the show is “Less Is More” with the idea that all of the pieces had to be 12″x12″ or smaller. I thought it’d be a fun excuse to do small skull studies in a variety of mediums. The end result makes for a great collection. The opening is tonight (sorry for the late notice) at 111 Minna in San Francisco and I will be in attendance to support my one dozen dead buddies.

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INK

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ACRYLIC

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CHARCOAL

7'x7'_Skull_Study_Charcoal

 

CHINA MARKER7'x7'_Skull_Study_China_Mar

 

COFFEE

7'x7'_Skull_Study_Coffee

 

EYELINER

7'x7'_Skull_Study_Eyeliner

 

LIPSTICK

7'x7'_Skull_Study_Lipstick

 

MARKER

7'x7'_Skull_Study_Marker

 

OIL

7'x7'_Skull_Study_Oil

 

PENCIL

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WATERCOLOR

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WINE

7'x7'_Skull_Study_Wine

 

Dr. Jane Goodall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2014 by n8vandyke

Today marks Dr. Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday. It’d be rude of me not to acknowledge her and all the work she has done for chimps. I wish we could clone people like her.IMG_20140403_125902

Batman turns 75!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2014 by n8vandyke

Batman’s 75th Birthday was yesterday and I wanted to do a quick sketch to honor the old bat. I haven’t posted on this blog as often as I’d like. Hopefully I’ll get together an art dump soon…

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Valentine’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by n8vandyke

This year I thought I’d do a drawing specifically to honor/dishonor the day so many of us begrudgingly participate in in one form or another. Here’s a piece titled “SELF-LOVE”. I drew the left half and then flipped it in Photoshop because this would have been a real bitch to draw twice.

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Fire Crotch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2014 by n8vandyke

I decided to have a little fun with Back to the Future… and redheads. Sometimes you have to push real work aside and just draw something for no other reason than because it makes you laugh.

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35 Things You Probably didn’t Know About Me

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 5, 2014 by n8vandyke

1. When I was born cesarian (2′ 10 lbs.) the first words I “heard” were from the doctor who said, “Jesus Christ, look at the size of this kid!”

2. “Artist” is my second choice as a career path. My first was to play pro baseball (1st base).

3. My favorite animal is a polar bear… not a chimp (as many might imagine).

4. My favorite dreams involve flying (the power I’d wish for).

5. I still can’t believe that the ribbon on a cassette tape can sound like Metallica… or Kenny G.

6. I feel like the same person I was as when I was 6 years-old.

7. I can suspend 7 baseballs in one hand (last time I tried).

8. A really good school friend of mine coined the “N8″ for me when we were in high school.

9. My first out-of-body experience was when I got 9 teeth extracted in one sitting before getting braces. I viewed my body as an inverted silhouette from 10 feet below as doctors worked on me.

10. My soccer coach was practicing with the team when I was in the 5th grade. I accidentally ran him over and broke his arm. For the rest of the season my nickname was “coach killer”.

11. I used to be able to ride a wheelie on my bike all of the way to grade school (roughly 2 miles).

12. The first time I met Lou Ferrigno (The 80′s Hulk) I asked him what time it was (well-knowing that he’s deaf) and I regret it to this day.

13. I have zero aim when it comes to throwing a frisbee.

14. When I was 14 my Dad saw me dunk a basketball for the first time on his 52nd birthday during half-time at my brother’s basketball game. He was the only one who cheered.

15. I always spell “restraunt” wrong.16.

16 is the age at which I stopped growing (6’9″).

17. 17 is my favorite number as well as my shoe size (my Mom cried in the shoe store when she discovered that that was my size).

18. My bare foot is… a foot.

19. My high school ran out of classes for me to take so I started taking community college art classes when I was a Senior. The instructor allowed me to do whatever I wanted.

20. When I was 20 years-old I was on the set of the movie True Crimes as an extra and Ashley Judd gave me a double-take when she arrived on set with her two toy dogs en route to her trailer.

21. I dreamt about John Denver dying the night before he passed away.

22. I’ve always disliked the number 22.

23. I immediately tuck my thumbs into my closed fists whenever I see a rat on the street. Those are the only circumstances in which I’ve ever done that.
24. I don’t fit in an ambulance. During my one and only ride the paramedic asked me to cross my legs so that he could close the doors.
25. I’m starting to wonder if I’m the only straight guy that doesn’t find Gisele Bundchen the least bit attractive.
26. I was supposed to be an extra in a scene with Matthew McConaughey for the film, The Wedding Planner, but when they found out my height the casting crew told me that I would “take the spotlight away from him”.
27. When I was at a zoo in LA a silverback gorilla threw grass directly at me for drawing him and I still have the mud stain from it in my sketchbook.
28. I have a real human skull which I draw from (best gift I’ve ever received) and his chosen name is “Sam”.
29. My favorite movie is Falling Down and as I was purchasing it in LA the lady at the cash register asked me how my day was going. I replied… “Okay… so far.” She didn’t get it…
30. I got the opportunity to speak on the phone to my “Art God”, Frank Frazetta, but I never got to meet him. Upon hearing of his death I immediately puked.
31. Linda Carter (my first crush) flirted with me amongst a large group of spectators.
32. As a kid I startled Charles Barkley at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe after he bumped  into me… turned around… and looked up.
33. My “last supper” would be my deceased Mother’s Hungarian goulash.
34. You are reading this because my Dad didn’t think a woman could get pregnant while breastfeeding.
35. I turn 35 on the 35th day of the year.

Family Portrait

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2014 by n8vandyke

Here’s a look at a recent commission I did. I was asked to draw a family portrait with the members as their respective animals… two dragons, a mouse and an ox. It was a fun one to noodle with detail. Part of the reason it is designed in such a tight bunch is because the client is also hoping to get it tattooed on his arm with the wings wrapping around his inner bicep. My apologies to the tattoo artist that is given this detailed piece and has to translate it to ink.

Sketch followed by finished piece… click to enlarge.

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